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Lakeland Police union takes straw poll on support for chief

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Thirty-two Lakeland Police Department union members showed up Monday night to take a straw poll to determine whether to hold a vote of confidence on Chief Lisa Womack.

The poll took place at 6:30 p.m. at Il Forno restaurant in South Lakeland.

Police Benevolent Association President Nick Marolda said he wanted to give union members the opportunity to voice their positions.

A recent anonymous letter purportedly from PBA members indicated support for the Chief is waning and a no-confidence vote should be taken, but Marolda says he can’t be sure the letter is really from any union member.

Following a series of problems and scandals at LPD the union has maintained its support of Chief Womack.  Marolda says if union members now want to rescind that support tonight’s meeting would be their opportunity to voice those concerns.

Another vote is planned for next Monday.  That's when a final decision is expected for a vote of confidence in Chief Womack.  The results will be turned over to the city manager.

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