BRADENTON -- Results of an internal affairs investigation of suspended Bradenton Deputy Police Chief Warren Merriman and any possible discipline could be released Tuesday, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said Monday.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the review, turned over its investigation to Radzilowski last week.
The sheriff's office also conducted a separate criminal investigation, that resulted in the filing of three misdemeanor theft charges against Merriman.
Merriman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Radzilowski said Monday that he was trying to notify Merriman of his findings, and that they could be released to the public by 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Merriman, a 17-year veteran with the police department, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of petty theft Oct. 23 after weeks of investigation. He is charged with submitting hours not completed during off-duty details, and with asking a subordinate to help him with a home project while on duty.
The investigation into allegations against Merriman became public Sept. 8 when the city placed him on paid administrative leave. Because Merriman's rank places him over the Internal Affairs Department, Radzilowski asked the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to handle the investigation.