PORT RICHEY — After heavy criticism and a near unanimous vote of no confidence from Port Richey Police Department's unionized employees, police Chief Dave Brown will retire, City Manager Tom O'Neill said Saturday.
Brown will step down effective Friday, O'Neill said. Police Sgt. Michael Koch will oversee the department's operations until an interim chief is hired.
Brown, 59, became chief in 2008. Since then, he has come under fire for failed promises concerning promotions, transfers and budget items.
Last month, the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association gave a 15-1 vote of no confidence against Brown. The only person on the board who supported him was a civilian dispatcher.
O'Neill also recommended that Brown be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, alleging Brown traded three police vehicles to a private company without approval from the City Council.