The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible criminal activities by former U.S. Marshal Richard L. Cox Jr., according to a formal grievance by a deputy marshal. Herbert Caddell, a former supervisor in the Tampa office of the U.S. Marshals Service, claims in an administrative appeal filed last August that Cox unfairly suspended him for reporting activities by Cox that led to the investigation.
Cox, who resigned suddenly last month, served his last day in office on Friday. Caddell and three other Marshals Service employees were notified the day before that they were being transferred to other states and the Caribbean.
Caddell's grievance charges that Cox tried to fire him, then transferred him from Tampa to Fort Myers and suspended him for seven days, all in retaliation for Caddell's "whistle blowing" in 1988 and 1989.
Another employee who was transferred last week, Chief Deputy Frank Dumaine, said in a signed statement attached to Caddell's grievance that Cox often chastised Caddell in front of others for expressing concerns about possible ethical violations within the office. After an article about Cox appeared in the St. Petersburg Times last year, Cox's demeanor toward Caddell became "one of open hostility and animosity," Dumaine said in the statement.
Dumaine, who has been transferred to Houston, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.