Thursday morning, the Big Bend PBA issued the following retraction:
“The Big Bend Chapter of FL PBA Board of Directors voted last night at their monthly meeting to retract yesterday’s press release given by President Steven B. Slade that Chief DeLeo be investigated. Please contact those board members for further information.
“However, Steven B. Slade, who also serves as the FL PBA Vice President of Chapters, stands by the request to have the incident reviewed by City officials.
“Vice President Slade stated, “The rank and file of law enforcement agencies are investigated daily on allegations from citizens whether anonymous or in person throughout the State of Florida. Management regardless of rank should be held to the same scrutiny.””
The Big Bend Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association issued a press release today encouraging “the City’s leadership to conduct a full investigation of Chief DeLeo’s troubled tenure in Tallahassee exploring issues outlined in the February 13th compliant….”
The February 13th complaint referenced in the release was filed with the Tallahassee Human Relations Council. The complaint alleges the DeLeo administration has overlooked minorities for promotions. The complaint was signed “Concerned Employees of TPD.”
The release states that Big Bend Chapter President, Steven B. Slade, reviewed a copy of the anonymous complaint and acknowledged his own concerns with Chief DeLeo.
For example, Slade stated that he has a tumultuous relationship with Chief DeLeo and that he was reassigned to the Patrol Division along with many of the senior Lieutenants in the police department.
Slade also added that the PBA conducted a survey of its members and 86% of the returned surveys defined Chief DeLeo as an “ineffective leader.”
The Association’s survey results were previously sent to the City Commission and interim City Manager Reese Goad.