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Report: Chief bent rules trying to get nephew hired at LPD

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Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to a media release issued by the city Thursday.

The move comes after questions surfaced surrounding the hiring process for a public safety aide, according to the release.

The aide was a nephew of Womack's. In the end, he never did get hired, but a report from the Polk State Attorney's Office charges that she bent the rules trying to get him the job.

LINK: Read the report here

Womack's nephew Rhett Hughes applied for the job in 2012, but did not pass a series of tests to get it.

The report says Womack and her husband called into question the validity of the tests and the accuracy of the scoring, according to the state attorney's report.

Womack's nephew was among roughly half the applicants who did not pass the tests. Womack ordered that everyone who took the tests, including her nephew, be allowed to move forward in the process, according to the report.

Womack's nephew eventually stopped the application process. The report says it isn't clear whether he dropped out himself or if Womack took him out of the process.

According to the city media release, the allegations mean Womack may have violated Florida statutes involving official misconduct.

The report, though, isn't clear whether any charges will be filed against her, due to her recent resignation.

The city says it will review the report. In the meantime, assistant Chief Larry Giddens will be the acting chief pending the outcome of the city's review.

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