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Plant City police chief suspended amid investigation

TAMPA — Plant City's police chief is on leave with pay from his $85,000-a-year post while his bosses investigate a tip that, if true, will cost him his job, City Manager Greg Horwedel said.

Steven S. Singletary, 45, has served as interim chief and then chief since December 2012 but has been on the force since 1996.

He could not be reached for comment.

Horwedel wouldn't detail the accusation except to say that Bill McDaniel, assistant city manager and former police chief, received a tip last week, which the two determined was credible enough to warrant further investigation.

Asked if it was a fireable offense, Horwedel said yes.

Asked what sort of actions would constitute a fireable offense, he replied, "misuse of city property, falsifying records, things of that nature."

But he would not specify what alleged actions are under review.

"You want to make sure you give somebody a fair and impartial review of what the facts are and give them an opportunity to respond in any employment situation," Horwedel said.

Capt. Jerry Stwan will run police operations as the investigation proceeds.

The Police Department's Facebook page states that Singletary joined the force in December 1996, made detective in 2000, sergeant in 2002, lieutenant in 2008 and captain in 2009 before taking over for McDaniel as interim chief in 2012. He was permanently appointed chief on March 29.

He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and is married with three sons.

Plant City police chief suspended amid investigation 01/20/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 11:32pm]

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