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Former Waldo Police Chief Accused of Unlawful Ticket Quota


Former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and current Cpl. Kenneth Smith have been accused of misrepresentation, fraud and enforcing unlawful ticketing quotas among other allegations made by current Waldo police officers.

Szabo was accused of establishing an unlawful ticket quota, criminal and unethical activities, gross mismanagement, absence from work and failure to take leave when absent. The allegations go on to include failure to be within the city and fraudulent use of his vehicle’s GPS to hide this failure.

Allegations were also made against Szabo’s integrity, professionalism and ethical decision-making ability.

Smith is being accused of criminal and unethical activities, gross mismanagement, improper handling of evidence and theft while representing the city of Waldo at hotels and conferences.

“Because of the seriousness of the allegations, it would be inappropriate for me to address or comment on any specific allegations raised at the meeting,” said Kim Worley, Waldo city manager, in a written statement.

Worley’s statement also said the Waldo City Council has granted the city time to investigate the six allegations made against Szabo and Smith. The city is expected to report back with a plan of action once the investigation is complete.

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  • DanL

    The City Manager along with all the other employees of Waldo had to of known that this was going on and all went along with it and should all be held accountable for there actions. NOT JUST RIGHT IT OFF !
    The City Manager along with all the Police Officers also know that they are breaking the law by allowing the Police Officers to do Security at a local Business on the weekend use the Police car, gun, and clothing provided by the city and paid for by Tax Dollars while not being on the Cities Payroll ( They gat Paid Cash each day by the owner of the Business ) They are suppose to be on the Cities Clock and get paid through the City Not the Business Owner ( Who would be responsible if one of the Officers Shot someone or hit someone with the Police car ) Again they all know they are Breaking the Law but keep on doing it. The State Attorney should investigate all of the Officers and the City Manger along with the rest of the people involved.
    Just because the Police Officers were told by the Chief to do something wrong Does Not mean that they should of did what they were told to do by the Chief when they new it was wrong. I believe all the Officers have been working in Waldo for some time now and should have stepped up as soon as they were told by the Chief to do something wrong.
    If I am speeding and they pull me over and write me a ticket, that would be my responsibility not my passenger who told be to go faster then the speed limit.
    All the Police officers went along with it up until one of them got dismissed and they all should be held accountable for there actions and not say well the Chief told me to do it. Charge all of them including the City Manager.