• Sanford city leaders consider hiring consultant for police dept.


    SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford city leaders said they are considering spending even more money to hire another consulting firm to help polish the image of the police department.

    There was public backlash for how the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was handled, but one city commissioner said he's not ready to throw more cash at the issue.

    "The question you asked is, when is enough enough, and I'm saying now's enough," said Sanford City Commissioner Randy Jones.

    So far, city efforts have included a failed citizens advisory board, an expensive payout to former Chief Bill Lee after his resignation, a $13,000 head hunter to find a new police chief and the interim chief who gets $10,000 per month to run and review the police force.

    Now the city manager wants to hire a consultant to assess police policies.

    "I am not interested, when that was the job of the interim chief to look at and review," said Jones.

    The city manager told WFTV over the phone, he doesn't know how much the consultant would cost and said he would only hire one if the new chief wants the extra help.

    The commission just approved creating a community panel to work closely with whomever takes over as chief.

    "Another consultant, combine that with a new chief coming in, no. I call balk. Enough is enough," said Jones.

    Last month, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation reviewed the police department's policies and procedures and gave it stellar remarks.

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