LAKELAND — A captain with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Lakeland place of work was demoted and reassigned to Walton County just after an interior investigation identified he made vulgar or disparaging comments about some officers and deprived officers he didn’t like of machines and coaching.
The FWC Business office of Inspector Common unveiled a report in January about the internal investigation into Joseph Brooks, a previous captain in the Lakeland office environment of FWC’s legislation enforcement division.
A criticism filed on Sept. 13 by Lt. Jared Cloud “alleged Brooks subjected his personnel to a hostile get the job done environment by generating disparaging remarks about fellow workforce.”
In the criticism, Cloud claimed Brooks took pictures of women in the place of work of a “sexual undertone” without their authorization and texted the pics to other officers.
According to the report, Cloud mentioned a number of the officers underneath Brooks also experienced difficulties with the way he taken care of them. FWC officers had panic and fear simply because they thought Brooks built their work setting complicated, and were relieved when Brooks was off duty, the complainant said.
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The criticism alleged that Brooks manufactured profane reviews about staffers he failed to like and that he denied coaching and equipment requests for some of them.
“Officers have been deprived of coaching and products they asked for,” the FWC report mentioned. “Some of the officers thought Brooks handled them various than other individuals, and the morale was lower.”
In the grievance, Cloud said Brooks after threatened an officer with a create-up “to hinder the following career he was starting.” When the officer requested for time off because of his father’s medical issues, the grievance claimed Brooks dismissed the ask for with a profanity and reported the officer “was an idiot.”
The criticism also claimed Brooks was “quite influential” and “untouchable” in the company and that’s why officers were being afraid to report his behavior.
According to Cloud, Brooks also manufactured vulgar and inappropriate remarks in just earshot of other FWC officers and a Polk County sheriff’s sergeant when he accused two vagrants of accomplishing sexual acts on each other. Cloud also said Brooks’ actions made officers afraid to converse versus him.
Capt. Maurice Austin did the administrative investigation and discovered all of Cloud’s allegations to be accurate after questioning at minimum eight other officers.
In January, 4 FWC willpower committee members advisable that Brooks be terminated, 4 suggested he be dismissed, two suggested he be suspended for 10 days with demotion and relocation and three recommended Brooks be suspended for 30 times with demotion and relocation.
In the FWC’s settlement settlement with Brooks from February, the fee explained it intended to dismiss Brooks from employment but determined alternatively to demote him from captain to regulation enforcement officer and transfer him to the Walton County office environment. The FWC claimed Brooks can by no means be reassigned to the Southwest Location Lakeland business office, and he was suspended for 10 days at the stop of March without the need of shell out.
Brooks was employed to attend the FWC academy as an officer in February 2005, and once he graduated at the finish of that calendar year, he was assigned to Okeechobee County. Brooks was reassigned to Highlands County as an officer in 2006 then promoted in 2009 to investigator in Polk County. In 2014, Brooks was promoted to lieutenant in Highlands County just before he was reassigned to Polk County in 2017. He became a captain at the Polk County workplace in 2018.