Waldo places interim police chief on leave

WALDO, Fla. (AP) - Waldo city officials have placed the acting police chief on administrative leave after allegations from fellow officers that he installed city-owned surveillance equipment for personal use and improperly stored evidence.

Waldo City Manager Kim Worley on Thursday announced Cpl. Kenneth Smith's leave and asked for a commander from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to take over while the issues are being resolved.

Smith became interim chief after Chief Mike Szabo was suspended Aug. 12.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating claims that Szabo implemented an illegal ticket quota.

On Tuesday, five officers told the city council that Smith stored evidence, including drug paraphernalia, in a cooler under his desk.

They also claimed he installed city-owned surveillance cameras at his apartment complex to monitor the parking lot.

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