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Former Elgin police chief Lisa Womack is suspended in Florida

Former ElgPoilice Chief LisWomack. | Sun-Times Medifile

Former Elgin Poilice Chief Lisa Womack. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: March 5, 2014 6:11AM

LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland’s police chief has been placed on administrative leave less than a week after announcing her resignation.

Chief Lisa Womack was planning to stay until May 1, but City Manager Douglas Thomas suspended Womack Thursday after the State Attorney’s Office reported finding potential rules violations in the hiring practices used for a public safety aide position.

Assistant Chief Larry Giddens has been named acting chief.

Womack resigned last Friday, two days after losing a no-confidence vote among her employees.

The Lakeland Police Department was plagued the past year by a series of scandals. The department faced a sweeping sexual misconduct investigation, criminal cases fouled by search and reporting procedures, the arrest of an officer on charges he sexually abused and stalked a woman while on duty and a grand jury investigation into problems with Womack and the department’s handling of public records.

Womack was police chief in Elgin from 2005 until spring of 2010.

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