DETROIT -

A Detroit police commander has been demoted following claims of inappropriate conduct with a female officer.

Mayor Dave Bing's office said Tuesday that James Moore was returned to the rank of lieutenant, effective the previous day.

Moore joined the department in 1978 and was appointed commander in 2007.

"Based on the seriousness of these allegations, his role as Commander was compromised in the police department and in the community.  Standards for appointees are higher than that of other ranking officers. There are consequences for any allegation of inappropriate behavior.  We will investigate all reports of misconduct," said Chief Logan in statement on Tuesday.

Ralph Godbee retired earlier this morning as police chief after a subordinate revealed she had a sexual relationship with him. Godbee was chief for two years.
"The Chief’s action is consistent with my desire to eliminate improper behavior in the police department and all City of Detroit departments," said Mayor Bing.  "Employee misconduct will not be tolerated."

Logan says Moore had lost his effectiveness as commander.