LONGABERGER GRIEVANCE DENIED
LAKELAND, FL (August 29, 2014) - The City of Lakeland just received the Arbitration Award from Barry J. Baroni regarding the termination of former Lakeland Police Department Sergeant Russell (Rusty) Longaberger. The hearing was conducted on April 16, 2014 under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The arbitrator denied the grievance outlined by Longaberger. The report concluded that “It is the Arbitrator’s considered opinion that termination was the appropriate form of discipline and that there was just cause for the termination of Longaberger.”
Lakeland Interim Police Chief Larry Giddens said, “We support the decision made by the arbitrator in this case. The arbitration process was fair and objective and we support the conclusion drawn by the arbitrator.” Arbitrator Baroni concluded that in addition to the loss of community trust that there was consideration regarding the State Attorney’s “Death Letter” which removes a considerable amount of the grievant to continue functioning as a Police Officer within the Department.
City Manager Doug Thomas said, “The arbitration was a very involved process that started in April. We are pleased that the arbitrator upheld the City’s disciplinary action and denied the grievance. We are glad to close the disciplinary chapter in this matter and the City of Lakeland can continue to concentrate on moving forward.”
View Arbitration Award From Barry J. Baroni