WUFT News

Former Waldo Police Chief Accused of Unlawful Ticket Quota

By on August 27th, 2014

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.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • 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.

 

More Stories in Florida

Cassidy, an 18-month-old Lab/American Bulldog mix who was part of Academy 14 and his inmate trainer.

Paws On Parole Looking To Continue Perfect Adoption Rate

The Alachua County Animal Services and Florida Department of Corrections Work Camp is working together with this year’s “Hairy Pawter” dog academy to prepare a new group of house-trained dogs for homes.


A wild hog mills around outside the runway enclosure of Williston Municipal Airport. The hogs often explore around a water source by the neighboring rock quarry, Barry said.

Hog Infestation Halts Historic Airport Runway

A hog infestation at Williston Municipal Airport’s grass runway is causing delays in the approval of the runway by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Photos of the "Incredible Flying Cars," made by ITEC.

The Men Behind the Flying Car That Crashed in Marion County

A flying car crashed on Tuesday in Marion County after going on an orientation flight. Two passengers suffered minor injuries but are currently safe.


Gov. Scott Announced Funding For Final Phase Of Restoration Projects

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced funding for the third and largest phase of early restoration projects to combat the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill of 2010 on Oct. 7. Although $100 million was allocated to Florida by the Deepwater Horizon [...]


Florida bay scallops typically reach a shell height of three inches and have a life expectancy of one year. They have tiny blue eyes that help detect movement, and they can swim backward by opening and closing the two shells.

Scallop Researchers to Start Underwater Surveying

Now that the harvesting season is over, researchers are starting underwater studies to determine the state of scallop populations at 10 sites along the west coast of Florida.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments