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Momentum builds to fire LPD Chief Womack

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Momentum is growing to oust Lakeland's Police Chief Lisa Womack as soon as possible. Last week, Womack turned in her resignation effective May 1. Now Commissioner Justin Troller and other on the commission say they may not be willing to wait that long.

"I don't think she needs to set foot at the police department in that corner office," Troller said Monday after a meeting at city hall.

Last week, Womack was put on administrative leave following the release of a report issued by the state attorney's office. The report accuses her of nepotism and trying to influence hiring practices at LPD to benefit her nephew. It also says there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

State Attorney Jerry Hill says he did not pursue criminal charges because there was not enough evidence to meet the standard, "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Hill also thought she was leaving the community because she was resigning. The fact that she planned on staying three more months spurred the state attorney's office to release the report.

The City of Lakeland is now conducting an internal affairs investigation on Womack. Last Thursday, she turned in her gun and badge and said she was going back to Texas for a long weekend.

Midday on Monday, a spokesman for police department said was not in, and he didn't know when she would be back.

"She is done, as far as I am concerned, " Troller said.

Controversy has swirled around Womack for the last year over her handling of a sex scandal, an officer being arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a citizen and a number of other public relations disasters.

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