Ethics Complaint Against TPD Chief Dismissed

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By: Chris Gros
October 14, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An ethics complaint against Tallahassee Police Department Chief Michael DeLeo over his admitted relationship with a subordinate has been dismissed.

The complaint, filed by former TPD Sergeant Brian Davis, alleged that Chief DeLeo's actions had caused turmoil within the Tallahassee Police Department and claimed that DeLeo had used the power of his position 'to seduce one of his lowest ranking subordinate members.'

The City of Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board met Wednesday to review the complaint.

The closed meeting lasted about an hour and 20 minutes, but a unanimous vote was delivered.

The Ethics Board dismissed the complaint, finding no probable cause.

Chief DeLeo issued a statement following the Ethics Board's decision. His statement reads:

"I fully support the independent review process and respect the decision of the City of Tallahassee Independent Ethics Review Board. My focus remains on providing the best law enforcement possible for the families and businesses of Tallahassee."

This was the first ethics complaint handled by the Board.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 17, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A formal complaint has been filed with City of Tallahassee officials against Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo over his admitted relationship with a subordinate.

Concerns were raised by Anita Favors Thompson in late August regarding DeLeo's relationship with a fellow employee of the Tallahassee Police Department. DeLeo admitted to dating the employee and stated in August 'I made a mistake in judgement by dating someone before my divorce becomes final on September 9, 2015.'

The complaint alleges that Chief DeLeo's actions has caused turmoil within the Tallahassee Police Department and claims that DeLeo has used the power of his position 'to seduce one of his lowest ranking subordinate members.'

WCTV has confirmed that the complaint was filed by TPD Sergeant Brian Davis, who was placed on administrative leave back in June after being accused of soliciting a prostitute. More on that investigation, here: http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/TPD-Sergeant-Placed-on-Administrative-Leave-298177131.html.

Citing violations of state statute, TPD policy, and acts of misconduct, Davis' complaint states that DeLeo should be held accountable for his actions.

Davis' complaint also requests that DeLeo's alleged violation of policy and Florida State statute be investigated by an outside agency.

In response to the complaint, Chief DeLeo released the following statement:

“Last month, I spoke openly and freely about this matter and publicly apologized for creating a situation which distracted from the amazing work our officers are doing on a day to day basis. The City Manager is reviewing the matter and I am focusing on bringing the very best public safety services to the citizens of Tallahassee.”

To read Davis' full complaint, see related document titled 'Formal Complaint.'



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