BRADENTON -- Manatee County School Board member Dave "Watchdog" Miner wants schools superintendent Rick Mills to ask Troy Pumphrey, the district's professional standards investigator, to resign because Pumphrey lied on his resume about having a special investigator license.
"This is what I'm focusing on," Miner said at a press conference he called on Thursday. "He presented himself as something he's not."
Pumphrey was hired by the district in his current position in July 2013. When Pumphrey applied for the job, his resume stated that he held a Class C/MA license, The C license is a private-investigator license. The MA license is a private-investigative agency manager license.
The Manatee County School District does not require any type of license for the officer of professional standards investigator.
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Miner said it doesn't matter whether the district requires the license, and he called into question all the work Pumphrey has done with the district since he was hired.
"Any matter that he has been with is compromised," Miner said.
Pumphrey was in Tampa on Thursday on Department of Education business for the district and could not be reached for comment. The district had no comment on the issue Thursday night, spokesman Steve Valley said.
Records from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Science show that Pumphrey was denied the license on March 24 because he failed to provide additional facts required by the division to show he was qualified for it by "lawfully gained, verifiable experience or training."
Previous communications to Pumphrey from the Department of Agriculture show that officials could not verify Pumphrey's experience with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. In a letter to Pumphrey in February, a Department of Agriculture representative wrote that he had spoken with a sergeant in the human resources department to get a copy of Pumphrey's file, but the file never arrived. The denial letter stated Pumphrey must be terminated immediately or reassigned to a job that does not require the Class C license.
Pumphrey's updated resume, which he used this year to apply for the newly created position as director of safety and security for the district, no longer includes the class C/MA license line. The district has yet to fill the position of the director of safety and security.
In May, Pumphrey investigated Miner for making offensive comments at Miller Elementary School. The complaint was brought to the district by the principal at Miller. Miner was not disciplined for the matter.
On Thursday, Miner said having a press conference was the best way he could think of to bring his concerns to light, since he feels questioning and discussion is not encouraged on the current school board.
"I'm trying to make the information available to the community," Miner said.
Miner said he spoke to Pumphrey over the phone on Thursday and spoke to Mills in person, and said they both did not seem agreeable to his request to have Pumphrey resign.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.