Plant City Police Chief fired after affair leads to conduct investigation
By WFLA.com web staff
Plant City Police Chief Steven Singletary has been fired, according to City Manager Greg Horwedel.
PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) -
Plant City Police Chief Steven Singletary was fired Thursday for violating Plant City's code of conduct.
City Manager Greg Horwedel made the announcement Thursday afternoon and detailed the violations that Singletary is accused of committing, saying the behavior "severely compromises Steve's ability to serve as police chief".
Horwedel said that Singletary violated policies concerning making false statements on reports or documents, falsely reporting an illness or injury to avoid duty, and acting to influence decisions.
Horwedel did not go into detail about the individual conduct violations, but did say they were the reason Singletary was fired.
"Mr. Singletary was not terminated solely because he had an extra-marital affair," said Horwedel.
Plant City officials hired investigator John Lewis to look into the allegations. Lewis is a retired City Of Sarasota Police Chief.
The investigation also found that Plant City Police Sgt. Mark Mathis falsified a dispatch record. Mathis was also fired Thursday.
Horwedel said that he does not expect criminal charges to be filed against Singletary.
Singletary had been on paid leave. He has served as Plant City Chief of Police since December of 2012. John Bowers will serve as acting police chief until a replacement for Singletary is found.
The woman at the center of the affair has been named in public record. WFLA News Channel 8 is not naming her because she not charged criminally or considered a public official.