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Official: Embattled Port Richey police chief retiring

Port Richey Police Chief David Brown, who has been under fire amid allegations of wrongdoing in his department, has notified the city he will retire effective Friday, according to City Manager Tom O’Neill.

O’Neill sent out a news release today announcing the retirement. saying that Brown intends to take accrued vacation time and remain in an advisory capacity until his retirement date.

Sgt. Michael Koch will be in charge of day-to-day operations until an interim chief is named, O’Neill said.

“In closing, on behalf of the City Council and residents of the City, I wish to extend sincere appreciation to Chief Brown for his service to the community and beyond,” O’Neill said in the statement. “I wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Last month, after the city’s police union delivered a no-confidence vote against Brown, O’Neill asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate allegations of wrongdoing within the department.

At the time, O’Neill said he learned the police department had violated city policy for disposing of used property.

“Specifically, I learned that three police vehicles were traded to a private company, allegedly in return for services or equipment,” he wrote. “The city code requires that city property be declared surplus by the City Council and that the council approve of any transaction methodology used to dispose of surplus city vehicles.”

He also asked the FDLE to investigate “allegations regarding improprieties” in the operation of the police impound lot.

The West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association approved the no-confidence motion by a 15-1 vote April 16.

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