The Virginia police chief who certified Chris Brown's controversial community service hours has resigned, according to the New York Daily News.

So ... the plot thickens.

The mayor of Richmond thanked Chief Bryan Norwood after the bombshell announcement Tuesday morning, sidestepping any mention of Brown and the 180 days of community labor he was ordered to finish in Virginia as punishment for beating Rihanna.

Right ... that Rihanna. The one who was pretty much sitting in his lap Sunday at the Grammys.

Norwood was under scrutiny since Los Angeles prosecutors named him in a court motion last week that was highly critical of his department.

He and officers in his department allegedly failed to properly supervise Brown and later provided records with "significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting," Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray wrote in the filing.

Murray wrote that a November 2011 report from Norwood said Brown completed 103 days of service. Three months later, a Virginia probation report gave Brown credit for just 88 days, Murray said.

Can we just say that, had Chris Brown not beat up his girlfriend, none of us would be confused by all this right now?

Murray also questioned an August 2012 letter from Norwood saying Brown not only fulfilled his full 180-day sentence, but did an extra 22 days of labor, for a grand total of 202 days, according to the Daily News.


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Of course, many of those hours were served outside Norwood's jurisdiction at a children's center where Brown's mother held a position of authority, she wrote.

Norwood largely relied upon the singer's mom to supervise and report the hours, Murray said. In other words: fox, meet henhouse.

Mayor Dwight Jones said his office "reached a mutual agreement" with Norwood regarding his resignation. A spokeswoman for Norwood referred a call from the Daily News to the mayor's office.

"The announcement came from the mayor's office," the spokeswoman said Tuesday. "We would defer to them."

I imagine a lot of people will be wanting to defer statements about this story.

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