MANATEE — Three Manatee County sheriff's deputies have lost their jobs because of "conduct unbecoming" a law officer, according to Sheriff Brad Steube.
The latest departure occurred Monday and all three departures are due to a similar violation of agency rules, Steube said Monday.
“I have moved to fire two deputies for conduct unbecoming,” Steube said. “A third one came in today and resigned.”
The dates of the first two resignations were not immediately available but occurred recently.
Since the investigation is ongoing, Steube said he could not give details as to what the deputies did or speculate on whether additional deputies will be disciplined.
Before going to a hearing on their cases, each employee was allowed to sign a waiver and accept the proposed disciplinary action for conduct unbecoming, which was termination, Steube said.
The first deputy waived disciplinary action and went to his hearing, where he was fired, Steube said.
The second chose to resign, Steube added.
“Now I have a third one who was given the same proposed disciplinary action and came in today and resigned,” Steube said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation so I can’t go into details.”
The investigation should be finished soon, said sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow.
“We are hoping to get it all wrapped up at the end of the week,” Steube said. “I can’t give more information. As information comes forward I am taking appropriate action against our employees.”