Former Akron police chief sues Akron over his resignation; city denies allegations. Reported by Stephanie War Smith. When city officials claimed there was a recording of former Akron Police Chief James Nice making racial slurs, the recording didn’t actually exist, Nice alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city. Nice points to the alleged recording as an example of how he believes city leaders defamed him and forced him to abruptly resign last August. Nice filed the lawsuit against the city, Mayor Dan Horrigan and Police Chief Kenneth Ball. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.