Hollywood close to settling with fire...

Hollywood close to settling with fired police chief

There are 30 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 1, 2007, titled Hollywood close to settling with fired police chief. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Hollywood The city could soon settle its 11-year legal battle with former Police Chief Richard Witt, who claims he was fired in 1996 because he was trying to clean up corruption in the department.

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Sue

Atlanta, GA

#26 Jun 2, 2007
I work for a major law firm in FtLaud.This Hollywood suit is nothing to the one the ex Wilton Manors Police Chief,Richard Weirzbicki has against the City Manager Joe Gallegos,Mayor Scott Newton and the City Council.Breach of Contract,Defamation,Slander and Fraud are just the starters.Wait till that hits the papers.They will look like a gang of idiots.
Duh

Orlando, FL

#27 Jun 2, 2007
Sue wrote:
I work for a major law firm in FtLaud.This Hollywood suit is nothing to the one the ex Wilton Manors Police Chief,Richard Weirzbicki has against the City Manager Joe Gallegos,Mayor Scott Newton and the City Council.Breach of Contract,Defamation,Slander and Fraud are just the starters.Wait till that hits the papers.They will look like a gang of idiots.
But this article has nothing to do with them. Are you blond? Are just a moron? Duh
Avid reader

Jupiter, FL

#28 Jun 2, 2007
Russ Cormican HPD Retired wrote:
The City of Hollywood is really getting by on the cheap, if they can settle this case for $300,000. They lost the first two cases, with the jury coming back in favor of Chief Witt, in just a matter of minutes. This next trial would have cost the poor taxpayer, twice the amount that they are settling for.
Did you know that Chief Witt was called out of retirement three different times to serve as Interim Chief, in agencies that were looking for quality leadership? Apparently a number of cities saw something in Witt's leadership and mentoring ability that Hollywood missed.
Many of the programs that Chief Witt started at HPD are still very successful today. He demanded that his entire command staff have at least a Masters Degree. Over twenty five supervisors that were developed and mentored by Chief Witt have gone on to serve in command positions at other agencies around the country.
Perhaps the Hollywood City Commission should consider bringing Chief Witt back in some capacity to help restore the public's confidence in the Hollywood Police Department. Chief Witt was by far the most progressive and professional chief the city has every had. LONG LIVE THE HOLLYWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CHIEF WITT!!
I knew Chief Witt when he was the police chief and he was a straight shooter. Interim City Attorney Alan Fallick has the right attitude. By recommending the settlement, he is saving the city a lot more money had it gone to trail. Witt's illness is also a mitigating factor in accepting the settlement, rather than drawing it out any further. Fallick can save the city from a lot more wrongful decisions, if they would just listen to him. He is the only a-political up there.
Hollywierd

AOL

#29 Jun 2, 2007
Congrats Chief Witt. You deserve every penny. It's sad that you tried to clean up HPD only to be fired and had to go through this for 11 years. I wish somebody in City Hall would realize that Scarberry is not the solution. He is the problem. Good luck and my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.
JUST GO AWAY YOU IDIOT

San Diego, CA

#30 Jun 2, 2007
COPS ARE NEVER WRONG wrote:
"COPS DO NOT RAT ON COPS" & "I WILL LIE AND COVER FOR YOU, AND YOU DO THE SAME FOR ME" He did not follow the rules and should have been fired. Just who the H-ll does he think he is (Chief) to be doing his job. This is the cops, we are deserving of lots of money and no work. All we do is lie for each other and cover up for each other. He broke the rules and should get nothing. The cops that lie for each other should get all the money. This goes double for HollyHood.
THIS GUY HAS THE SAME STUPID COMMENT TO SAY ON EVERY POLICE STORY. DUDE...STOPCOMPLAINING BECAUSE YOU COULD NOT PASS THE TEST TO BE A REAL OFFICER!!!!!

YOU'RE MORONIC AND IDIOTIC STATEMENTS ARE NOW NOTHING MORE THAN A HORSEFLY AT AN OUTDOOR BBQ!!

GO TO WORK IN YOUR GUARD UNIFORM AND SMILE WHEN REAL COPS WALK BY. OR PLEASE DONT JERK INTO MY FRIES THE NEXT TIME I COME TO BK FOR A QUICK BITE TO EAT...LOSER!!!!

I HOPE THE KIDS ON YOUR STREET BEAT YOU UP AGAIN AND TAKE YOUR LUNCH MONEY
FORMER HPD AGREES

San Diego, CA

#31 Jun 2, 2007
Hollywierd wrote:
Congrats Chief Witt. You deserve every penny. It's sad that you tried to clean up HPD only to be fired and had to go through this for 11 years. I wish somebody in City Hall would realize that Scarberry is not the solution. He is the problem. Good luck and my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.
YES I TO FEEL GOOD FOR CHIEF WITT. HOPEFULLY THE SETTLEMENT WILL PUT THOSE IDIOTS TO REST WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GET ON BOARD WITH HIS DETERMINATION TO FIX THE PROBLEMS WITH HPD.

IN CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE QUITE A FEW WITTS AND ITS NICE RIDING IN A 2 MAN SLED OUT HERE!!!!
Ex-beach cop

AOL

#32 Jun 3, 2007
Has anyone seen the fat man (Frazier)? He must be getting sick to his stomach
Glad to be gone

AOL

#33 Jun 3, 2007
Retired Police Lt wrote:
Chief Witt was good for Hollywood. Too bad they didn't see it. Now look at the mess the Department is in. Do the right thing and settle.
I agree put it to rest now!
Joshua Witt Braswell

Tallahassee, FL

#34 Jun 15, 2012
Hey everybody,
I'm Richard witt's grandson and I just wanted to thank you all for the support you showed my grandfather in this difficult time. It makes me proud to see all of the good things you say about him and hear about all of the great things he has done for Florida.

Sincerely,
Joshua Witt Braswell
Joshua Witt Braswell

Tallahassee, FL

#35 Jun 15, 2012
Russ Cormican HPD Retired wrote:
The City of Hollywood is really getting by on the cheap, if they can settle this case for $300,000. They lost the first two cases, with the jury coming back in favor of Chief Witt, in just a matter of minutes. This next trial would have cost the poor taxpayer, twice the amount that they are settling for.
Did you know that Chief Witt was called out of retirement three different times to serve as Interim Chief, in agencies that were looking for quality leadership? Apparently a number of cities saw something in Witt's leadership and mentoring ability that Hollywood missed.
Many of the programs that Chief Witt started at HPD are still very successful today. He demanded that his entire command staff have at least a Masters Degree. Over twenty five supervisors that were developed and mentored by Chief Witt have gone on to serve in command positions at other agencies around the country.
Perhaps the Hollywood City Commission should consider bringing Chief Witt back in some capacity to help restore the public's confidence in the Hollywood Police Department. Chief Witt was by far the most progressive and professional chief the city has every had. LONG LIVE THE HOLLYWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CHIEF WITT!!
Just for everyone to know, the reason Chief Witt settled was to pay off his legal fees before dying of terminal lung cancer. He didn't want his family to be burdened by the debt he would have left them due to the cities multiple, pointless, and fruitless appeals. Once again, thank you for your support.

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