Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief - WFLA News Channel 8

Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief

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PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.

Chief Dave Brown has held that position since 2008. Fifteen sworn officers and one civilian entered that vote Wednesday night. The West Coast Police Benevolent Association sent a letter to the Port Richey city manager informing him of the vote.

City Manager Tom O'Neill says the no confidence vote is a concern.

"Obviously that is a very serious matter. And we'll deal with is accordingly,” said O'Neill. "I can't comment further on the chief's performance at this point, because I've asked the FDLE to intervene and investigate these incidents."

Jim Diamond is the operations manager for the West Coast PBA. He wouldn't go into the specific complaints officers have, but says they are serious.

"If you have police officers, public safety officers going out and putting themselves at risk for the community, you expect that the people who sent you out there to do that job would have your back. And you would not question their word or their integrity,” said Diamond. "We've reached a point where the officers did not have that faith in Chief Brown. "

The city manager did not have a time frame on if and when a decision on the chief's future would be made. A representative from the Port Richey Police department told News Channel 8 the chief is out of town, and had no comment.

In an unrelated matter, in July of 2013, O'Neill was found unresponsive behind the wheel of his SUV, with the engine running. Police did not arrest O'Neill, and paramedics transported him to a local hospital for treatment.

The chief later drove the city manager home. A blood draw taken from O'Neill revealed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.367.

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