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LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

 
LAKELAND, FL (February 21, 2014) -- Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas has announced that Police Chief Lisa Womack and the City of Lakeland have agreed to accelerate her planned separation from the City from May 1, 2014 to February 17, 2014.  Chief Womack previously tendered her resignation on January 24th, with an effective date of May 1, 2014.  That period was intended to give the City time to prepare for her transition from the department as well as for her to provide support to the City on a number of ongoing personnel and other administrative matters involving the Lakeland Police Department.  Womack was placed on paid administrative leave on January 30th following receipt of a report alleging concerns involving various hiring practices of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Larry Giddens was subsequently appointed as Acting Chief of Police.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Womack will continue to be available to provide support services to the City as needed through May 1, 2014, but she will do so as an independent consultant.  As such, effective February 17th, Womack no longer holds the title of Chief of Police.  As an independent consultant, she will be paid $5,800.00 every two weeks which includes her professional services, associated taxes as an independent contractor and the costs of benefits that she would have otherwise received should she have remained a City employee through May 1, 2014. 

The scope of services Womack will provide are as follows:  
  • Assist in providing information that may be required in support of defense of any administrative matters.
  • Provide advice, support and information in any collective bargaining matters, and/or any other legal or administrative proceedings regarding employee investigations and related disciplinary matters arising out of the Lakeland Police Department during her tenure as Chief of Police.  These services include, but are not limited to:
    • Assistance in preparing requested background materials and briefings for City administration and legal counsel;
    • Participation in discussions concerning labor and legal strategies;
    • Assistance in grievance processing; depositions and providing testimony as may be required.
  • Be available upon request to address departmental operational questions from City personnel as may be needed to assist in the orderly administration of the Lakeland Police Department.
  • Participate in any internal investigations that may require her testimony through May 1, 2014 or beyond, if required. 
In the event that additional administrative support services may required by the City Manager beyond May 1, 2014, Womack has agreed to be available to the extent reasonably possible on an hourly rate.
 
 

 



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Avatar  Dianne Lassiter 8 months ago

I can't believe that the one that is acting now as Chief of police is under investigation and has been for awhile...

Maybe we would be better off to have the Polk County Sheriffs office take over the city of Lakeland, Judd does a good job for the county and Lakeland has been a "boys club for as long as I can remember..

Avatar  ROBERT CHARLES PICKERING 8 months ago

OR BACKGROUND PURPOSES: I HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF LAKELAND FOR OVER TEN YEARS. WHEN I MOVED HERE DURING THE EARLY 1980S, I LIVED IN WINTER HAVEN, AND WAS A REGULAR AT CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS. I WORKED AS A BROADCASTER FOR 20 YEARS, MOSTLY IN THE PINE BELT OF MISSISSIPPI, AND AFTER RELOCATING HERE, I WORKED ANOTHER FIVE YEARS AT RADIO STATION WHNR. DURING THE LATE 1980S, I WAS HONOURED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF WINTER HAVEN'S HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE DURING THE TIME WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERING TO RENAME WHAT IS NOW MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE, AND SERVED AS IT'S CHAIRMAN DURING IT'S FIRST YEAR OF EXISTENCE.

ROBERT CHARLES PICKERING
Interstate4Jammer3@Gmail.com

Avatar  ROBERT CHARLES PICKERING 8 months ago

A FEW NOTES REGARDING FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE WOMACK'S OFFICIAL SEPERATION FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND:

1) I DO BELIEVE THAT THE SEARCH FOR THE NEW CHIEF OF POLICE SHOULD BE NATIONAL IN SCOPE, DETAILED, AND DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

2) IMHO, THE CITY CHARTER SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED TO ALLOW ANY POSSIBLE POLITICIZING TO ALLLOW ISSUES SUCH AS WHAT LAKELAND HAS EXPERIENCED THE PAST YEAR. I DO BELIEVE THAT LAKELAND IS EXTREMELY FORTUNATE IN HAVING A PROFESSIONAL CITY MANAGER SUCH AS DOUG THOMAS, AND HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO HIS JOB FOR ALL THE CITIZENS OF LAKELAND. WHILE HE WAS LACKING IN THE EVENTUAL SELECTION OF LISA WOMACK AS CHIEF ]IN SOME AREAS, SUCH AS HER HISTORY AS CHIEF IN EGLIN, IL, CONSIDER LESSONS LEARNED, AND REMEMBER THOSE ISSUES IN THE NAMING OF HER EVENTUAL REPLACEMENT.

THE PRIMARY REASON FOR MS. WOMACK'S SELECTION WAS THAT SHE HAD A BACKGROUND WHICH INCLUDED RECERTIFICATION WITH THE STATE AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS...WHICH SHE WAS SUCCESSFUL IN DOING.

MOST SINCERELY,
ROBERT CHARLES PICKERING
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