Ethics Complaint Dropped Against Tallahassee Police Chief DeLeo

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo
Posted at 11:58 PM, Oct 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-15 04:50:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - City leaders handed down an ethics recommendation Wednesday to Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo, dismissing a complaint made by a former sergeant, over a relationship DeLeo had with a female employee.

The ethics board found no probable cause showing that DeLeo had violated any ethics laws. 

The initial complaint claimed Chief DeLeo corruptly used his position to pursue the relationship, something that the ethics board found not to be true.

If DeLeo's relationship has caused disruption in the workplace, the ethics board has suggested that the issue would best be handled by human resources and supervisors.

According to the ethics board investigation, DeLeo said he had been seeing the employee for several months, while he and his wife were separated. Their divorce was finalized in September. 

DeLeo apologized to the community about his relationship back in August. You can see what he had to say here.

The complaint was filed by former Tallahassee Police sergeant Brian Davis, who was arrested, and later fired, after officers say they found him with a known prostitute back in March. Charges against Davis in that case were dropped last month.

Davis' complaint, as well as Chief DeLeo's response can be found here.