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Plant City Commissioner wants investigation to clear his name

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Plant City Commissioner Billy Keel. Plant City Commissioner Billy Keel.
PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) -

Plant City Commissioner Billy Keel is calling for an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Keel wants the F.D.L.E. to investigate his own actions.

Plant City recently fired Police Chief Steven Singletary.

Plant City Manager Greg Horwedel says Singletary violated city policy while having an extramarital affair. During the investigation, city officials interview Melissa Hardwick, who admitted to having the affair with Singletary.

Hardwick told investigators that Commissioner Keel sent a text message to one of Hardwick's friends encouraging her not to cooperate with the investigation.

Keel has now written a letter to Horwedel admitting he is friends with the former chief. The letter says, "As you know, Steve and I are friends and it was made clear to me early on that this was a non-criminal matter."

Keel says he has tried to stay out of what he calls the "media frenzy." However, he says the time has come for him to respond.

In the letter Keel also says, "First, let me be very clear, I in no way used or attempted to use in any manner, my position as City Commissioner of the City of Plant City to intervene in this or any other investigation, not now, and not ever."

Keel then asks for an independent agency, like the F.D.L.E. to review the allegations against him in an attempt to "clear my name."

Greg Horwedel was not immediately available for comment.

Related: Read the letter here


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