A Tallahassee Police Department officer was recently reinstated by Chief Revell after being suspended due to a failed drug test. The officer – whose name has not been released – was suspended after testing positive on June 3 for amphetamines.
The police officer claimed that the positive test was due to unknowingly taking Adderall belonging to a family member.
City officials told TR that there has been two positive drug tests over the last two years within TPD.
Chief Revell decided to reinstate the officer after verifying with the medical official responsible for the testing that the positive test could have been from an accidental use of the drug.
In response to questions about the decision, Chief Revell cited language in the city’s collective bargaining agreement with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA). The language relates to a situation when an officer tests positive for a drug that is not illegal. Under those circumstances, the officer is supposed to be removed from duty, placed on leave without pay and “subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.”
City officials told TR that the officer would be subject to random and unannounced drug tests through the remainder of this year and if he tests positive he would be terminated.
The reinstatement was not popular with some city administrators who argued that city policy related to drug tests – outside the PBA contract – requires employees who test positive to be terminated.
In addition, City Commissioner questioned the decision and took to Twitter to voice his opinion,
“The Dailey-Goad administration continues to ignore the rules to push their personal agendas. Do we really want management that ignores illegal drug use at TPD?,” said Matlow.
In a statement released to local media, City Manager Reese Goad stated, “The city’s administrative policies and processes are sound and support our employees who deserve to have all relevant information considered when it comes to personnel matters. I am proud of our organization’s culture and the way this situation was handled.”