High Springs police lieutenant fired

High Springs police lieutenant fired

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:47 p.m.

A High Springs police lieutenant has been fired for alleged repeated violations of department polices, including inappropriate treatment of employees and untruthfulness, Chief Jim Troiano said Friday.

Lt. Gordon Fulwood had been on suspension since late last year and will have 10 days from Jan. 21 to file a grievance on his termination. A police union official said a grievance will be filed.

"I'm very disappointed. I expected a lot from Lt. Fulwood. This has been an on-going issue. It's not based on one issue but on a totality of offenses and situations," Troiano said. "The bottom line is I cannot allow this type of conduct to continue."

Troiano cited several instances that led to the decision including the following allegations:

* In October Fulwood insulted and belittled an officer in front of a group that was about to undergo training.

* Fulwood was untruthful in making a statement regarding the termination of a different employee. Fulwood said he never recommended her termination, but Troiano said he and others heard Fulwood say that the employee should be fired.

* Fulwood made an inappropriate comment to an employee about her husband.

* The lieutenant berated an Alachua police officer over an allegation involving a relative of Fulwood.

Troiano recommended the firing of Fulwood to High Springs City Manager Jim Drumm, who made the decision on Thursday.

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