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More calls for LPD chief to resign

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Two city commissioners are saying Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack should be fired. Womack and her department have been under fire for months because of a string of incidents. They include a sex scandal, a routine traffic stop that became known as the infamous bra shaking incident, and most recently, the arrest of Julio Pagan, an LPD officer accused of sexually assaulting a citizen.

No one on the commission has ever talked about Womack resigning, until now.

"It became apparent to me we are not heading in a direction to resolve these issues," Lakeland Commissioner Howard Wiggs told FOX 13 on Monday. Wiggs is not the only commissioner who now says Womack should go -- fellow commissioner Don Selvage does as well.

Both commissioners are especially troubled by the way LPD handled 911 calls that were made to report Pagan.

"To me, it's an indication that things are out of control at LPD," Selvage said.

The 911 operator who answered the phone didn't take the calls seriously and can be heard laughing on tape. She handed over the issue to a sergeant who did not get in touch with the caller or the woman Pagan is accused of assaulting. The agency did not launch an investigation for three weeks.

The commissioners say they have lost confidence in Womack's leadership, which echoes ongoing comments made by Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill.

Womack isn't the only person Wiggs want to replace. He wants to oust City Manger Doug Thomas as well.

So here is the Womack scoreboard so far. Two commissioners say she should go, four are reserving judgment, and the Mayor has always been one of her strongest advocates.

Her tenure should be the hot topic this Friday when commissioners meet at city hall.

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