Former Lakeland police chief cleared

Lakeland, Florida -- Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has been cleared of any wrongdoing that she abused her power when it came to some hiring practices involving her nephew.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted its own investigation and found "no foundation" for the allegations made by the City's former Human Resources/Civil Service Director William Hamrick.

The investigation, conducted by Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. of Tallahassee, reviewed the investigative files of the state attorney's office, and a series of interviews with numerous City employees -- including former Chief Womack -- which supplemented the SAO's investigative report.

READ: Summary of SAO report on Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack (pdf)

As for Chief Womack's actions, the Sniffen & Spellman report stated that "We find no evidence that Mr. Hamrick ever reported any concerns as to any matters addressed in his testimony to the Board for review, investigation or action pursuant to the Charter or Board Rules."

READ:FDLE report on Lisa Womack (pdf)
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The report concluded Chief Womack's involvement as a departmental hiring authority was consistent with the City's Civil Service Rules and hiring procedures and that no further investigation of these matters was required.

Lisa Womack stepped down from her position as Lakeland's police chief back in February. During her time as police chief, Womack dealt with a department sex scandal, as well as an officer arrested and charged with rape.

She now leaves her position in good standing.


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