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Tampa fire chief, 2 other employees placed on administrative leave

Tampa Fire Department fire station
Posted at 9:29 PM, Nov 18, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Fire Rescue Chief and two other employees were placed on administrative leave.

According to officials, Fire Chief Nick LoCiero and two employees, Susan Tamme and John Muralt, were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

There were allegations of misconduct and a lack of supervisory oversight associated with the misconduct prompted the investigation.

“The City will conduct a fair, thorough and expeditious investigation to determine the facts of what took place. I will take appropriate and swift action to address this issue, while ensuring our community and taxpayers continue to receive the high level of service they expect and deserve,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “This by no means is a reflection of the department as a whole. We hold all of our employees to high standards and this should not diminish the hard work and dedication of the men and women of our fire department who serve our community with dignity everyday.”

LoCiero and Tamme were placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the City of Tampa pay policy. Muralt was relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

City of Tampa Rescue Division Chief Barbara Tripp will serve as the interim Fire Chief pending the outcome of the investigation.