Lakeland Police chief resigns

LAKELAND, Fla. - Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has resigned from the department, months ahead of her scheduled departure, city officials announced Friday. However, the city will continue to pay her $5,800 every two weeks to work as a consultant. 

The announcement comes after the city placed Womack on paid leave Jan. 30 after receiving a State Attorney's Office report that alleged she tried to bend department policies in an attempt to help her nephew get hired as a public safety aide.

Womack has previously announced she would step down May 1.

A statement from the city says Womack's resignation became effective Monday.

Among Womack's duties as a consultant includes participating in internal investigations that require her testimony through May 1 and possibly after. She could be paid an hourly rate after May 1.

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