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Largo police chief suspended

Largo Police Chief Lester Aradi has been suspended for three days over his handling of a disciplinary matter involving one of his officers. Records indicate the officer fixed a ticket for a woman. Aradi suspended the officer for 10 days, but that discipline "didn't follow city policy," which mandated termination for such an offense, City Manager Mac Craig said.

"The policy says termination," Craig said. "It's been there as long as I've been here." Discipline needed to be consistent from department to department, he said.

Police Lt. Mike Loux said the chief viewed discipline policies as guidelines and used his discretion in disciplining the officers.

Aradi had official duties he needed to handle this week so he will serve his suspension next week, Craig said. The department agreed to provide additional information about the internal affairs investigation early this afternoon. Aradi, 57, has served as Largo's chief for eight years.

Largo police chief suspended 06/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 19, 2009 3:09pm]
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