BARTOW, Fla. - Three mid-level managers who oversee groups of firefighters and paramedics are now out of job due to a sex scandal.
An internal investigation revealed that the three county employees engaged in sex while on duty and on county property.
The fired employees include Medical Supervisors Shellie Krauklis and Michael Tomlinson. The third employee happens to be their boss, Battalion Chief Trampas Fletcher, whose employee photo is protected under the sunshine law.
According to the county's report, the men -- on numerous and separate occasions -- had sex with Krauklis dating back to last fall.
They were supposed to be working, meaning taxpayers paid for their fun.
"They had consensual sex on duty and in various officers or stations within our system," said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash. "We're looking at probably a total of 15 to 20 instances, and I would assume all together, 5 to 6 hours of time."
The county started to investigate after a citizen came forward with the allegations.
That person was in a relationship with Krauklis and also happens to be a marine patrol deputy.
The president of the union that represents the three employees being fired agrees that some disciplinary action needs to take place, but said firing them goes too far. He said none of the employees have been in trouble in the past.
In an effort to get their jobs back, the union plans to file three separate grievances that basically act as an appeal.
They argue the county failed to follow the proper guidelines in how it handled its investigation.
"These are good people who made a bad mistake," Cash said.
ABC Action News made attempts to contact all of the fired employees, but so far have not heard back.
Chief Cash says during interviews, all three confessed. At least for now, all three will pay the price.
"Our fire department will rededicate itself to making sure we provide the best customer service to the citizens in Polk County," he said.
Each of the fired workers has more than 15 years of experience.
The county also suspended a fourth employee -- a deputy chief -- for exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the woman who as fired.
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