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City Manager's Office
Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 :: 03:00 p.m. EDT

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Orange City Interim Police Chief release investigation report

Orange City, Florida – After carefully following legal and standard operating procedures, the investigation with the Police Department has been resolved. Interim police Chief Frank Ross said the process was as follow: Once the internal affairs investigation report was received on March 10, 2010 the Florida Statutes required that a copy of the investigation and any information presented against Lieutenant Melvin was provided to him and his attorney for review and consideration.

At the same time Interim police Chief Ross reviewed the information to determine the appropriate discipline, if any.

Following the conclusion of the internal investigation Lieutenant Melvin was issued a written reprimand for failure to properly supervise subordinates and failing to deal with subordinates in an appropriate manner. Lieutenant Melvin submitted a letter of resignation effective the close of business March 22, 2010, which the City has accepted.

Copies of this investigation are available upon request.

In response to the investigation Mayor Strickland said “This issue has moved very slowly towards a conclusion. It has required a great deal of effort, time and expenditures. We appreciate our Police officers and I believe this has been settled in a fair and professional manner.”

He continued by stating that “Our City has begun to move forward to meet the opportunity and challenges which we are currently facing; the two greatest being budgetary shortfalls and St. John River Management mandates in which I will speak in greater detail this Thursday at Stetson University Rinker Auditorium at the State of West Volusia Mayors Forum.”

Further inquiries of the police investigation should be directed to Frank Ross, Interim Police Chief or Gene Miller, Interim City Manager.

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