Should she stay or should she go? - FOX 13 News

Should she stay or should she go?

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

It couldn't have been comfortable for Lakeland's Chief of Police. She stood up against a wall in a packed room at city hall, and two commissioners who want her fired sat around a table just feet away.

The chief has been under fire for months following a spate of nightmares for her, the department and the city. Almost two dozen city employees have been connected to a sex scandal; most work at LPD.

Controversy swirled around the now infamous bra-shaking incident for months. Recently, a police officer was accused of sexually assaulting a citizen. To top it off, a chilly relationship has developed between Womack and State Attorney Jerry Hill.

"We need someone in charge who will demand a change, who will tolerate no wavering, who will crack the whip so loudly that everyone in the department will get in line, or face immediate consequences," said Commissioner Don Selvage.

Selvage and Commissioner Howard Wiggs are for letting the chief go. Wiggs wants to fire City Manager Doug Thomas as well.

At Friday's work session, Wiggs wanted to move towards voting on whether to dump the police chief. He also wants to bring in Polk Sheriff Grady Judd to review LPD's management practices.

Commissioners agreed to wait for the citizens advisory panel to present its findings in about three weeks before taking any action on either issue.

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