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Grievance claim denied for Tampa police Sgt. Ray Fernandez

TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department has denied the grievance claim filed on behalf of Sgt. Ray Fernandez, who was fired in September after a DUI arrest authorities described as a set-up.

The claim, filed on Oct. 9, had asked that Fernandez be reinstated and receive back pay. The department held a hearing on Oct. 29 and informed Fernandez of its decision on Friday. "After consideration of the information presented at the hearing and subsequent review, it is determined that the discipline administered was appropriate," according to the response.

Fernandez lost his job following an internal investigation of a Jan. 23 drunken driving arrest near Malio's steak house in Tampa. Police arrested a lawyer who, at the time, was involved in a contentious defamation suit between radio rivals Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and Todd "MJ" Schnitt.

Grievance claim denied for Tampa police Sgt. Ray Fernandez 11/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 7:45pm]
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