BRADENTON -- Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski is recommending termination of his embattled deputy chief in a 26-page summary he released Monday of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigation into charges of impropriety.
"I simply no longer have confidence in Deputy Chief Merriman's ability to serve BPD effectively," Radzilowski wrote in his report to Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston. "Termination of Deputy Chief Warren T. Merriman III's employment with BPD is therefore appropriate."
Merriman could not immediately be reached for comment.
Radzilowski cited 12 incidents investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in which Merriman was found to have violated city policy.
Merriman was found to have abused his position by having city personnel construct a prefabricated storage shed, move heavy furniture and TVs, transport a dishwasher and install it in his home, take a file cabinet to his home, take a bed from his home to his father-in-law's residence and take a big-screen TV from the Merriman home to Goodwill -- all on city time.
Merriman was also found to have offered a position as a police dog handler if the applicant used the services of a specific real estate agent. He is also found to have charged the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for off-duty security during a time he was at a BPD function or playing tennis.
Merriman is also found to have used proctors to fraudulently take online tests for him.
During the investigation, Merriman is also accused of conduct unbecoming and witness intimidation during the investigation.
Radzilowski did not set an effective termination date in order to allow Merriman an opportunity to request a name-clearing hearing with Human Resources Manager Christy Habony. Merriman has seven days to request such a hearing, according to the section on involuntary termination in the BPD employee handbook.