LARGO — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a major this morning after having discovered the major was have an affair with the wife of a sergeant in his charge.
Gualtieri confronted Major Tim Pelella about the affair and Pelella admitted it was true.
Here is a copy of an email Gualtieri sent to all employees this morning.
“At approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning I learned that Major Tim Pelella has been having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate sergeant’s wife, who is also an agency member.
“After learning of this conduct Major Pelella was confronted and he admitted to the ongoing inappropriate sexual relationship. Major Pelella’s conduct is not only ethically bankrupt, it is in clear violation of agency policy. I have not and will not tolerate such reprehensible conduct by any agency members, especially a Major and member of the Command Staff.
“Effective immediately I am terminating Major Pelella’s employment with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. I have stated many times that all members of this agency, regardless of rank or position, are accountable and responsible for their actions and this swift and definitive action is consistent with the level of accountability for someone in Major Pelella’s position.
“I debated whether to publicize the facts about this decision as it is not my intention or desire embarrass anyone. However, the facts are what they are and a decision to terminate a Major is one that surely will get questions. it is important that we be straight forward and transparent and that you know the reasons for this decision from me and not through rumor or gossip.
“The other involved agency member will be the subject of an AID investigation and a disposition will be decided at the appropriate time.
“As this matter is resolved within a few hours of it coming to light, we can move on and concentrate on the important business matters of our agency. Capt. Glenn Luben is appointed as acting commander of the Patrol Operations Bureau until a new Major is appointed.”