Step 1: The Times/Herald reports on Aug. 10 that Florida Highway Patrol troopers had a quota to meet for tickets

Step 2.  Florida lawmakers blast the FHP quota as illegal on the same day.

Step 3. Late that night, Terry Rhodes, the state highway safety chief who oversees the FHP, issues a memo condemning the quota”Quotas have no place in the FHP,” the memo states.

Step 4: Four days later, Rhodes mentions that there might be disciplinary action taken against those involved in establishing a quota. 

Step 5: During the Aug. 16 Cabinet meeting, Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam weigh in, asserting that quotas were unacceptable.

Step 6:  Later that day, one of the troopers who wrote one of the memos takes early retirement.

Step 7: On Tuesday, a second FHP official, this time the agency’s second highest ranking trooper, announces his early retirement for writing an email in May that encouraged a quota. 

Step 8: The Associated Press reported a third casualty Wednesday night: Chief Mark Brown. According to a spokeswoman, there will be no Step 9.

Here’s the story.

The Florida Highway Patrol is suspending a top official for three days as part of its review into whether troopers were ordered to meet traffic ticket quotas.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Beth Frady said Wednesday that the department has now completed its investigation and that no more moves are expected.

Chief Mark Brown will be suspended for three days from his job. Two other high-ranking officials this month resigned in the wake of the probe that was sparked by a newspaper reporting on an internal email that said troopers weren’t writing enough tickets.

Frady says that the department has reviewed correspondence from command staff as part of its review. The department is going to do annual training to remind troopers that quotas aren’t allowed.