Hollywood to investigate allegations against assistant police chief

Assistant Police Chief Jimmy Jones is being placed on paid leave Wednesday so the department can investigate allegations of misconduct detailed in an eight-page letter sent to City Hall last week, a union official said.

The letter, written by retired Hollywood officer Lori Norris, accuses Jones of discriminating against female officers, abusing his position and ordering lower ranking officers to drop charges against people he knew.

Jones declined to comment Tuesday.


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In a previous interview, Jones told the Sun Sentinel the allegations were "absolutely ridiculous" and accused Norris of a personal vendetta.

"This is long overdue," Norris said of the investigation. "I think this sends a strong message to command staff."

Norris said she found out about the investigation Tuesday after getting an anonymous call from someone within the department.

"They made it very clear that Jimmy Jones is not in their future plans," said union president Jeff Marano. "He's not endeared by the new administration. These are all allegations, more of a witch hunt by a retired officer who has an ax to grind."

Jones recently found himself the subject of another Internal Affairs case after someone sent an anonymous letter to City Hall in August accusing him of using a gay slur during a retirement party.

Jones accused Norris of writing the letter — a claim she denies.

"I endured his management by revenge and retaliation along with his harassment for 15 of my 30 active years at Hollywood Police Department," Norris wrote in her March 18 letter to City Hall. "I have contacted the proper governmental agencies responsible for [investigating] the acts and behavior of Jones."

Jones, who received a copy of the letter, wrote in response: "You are obviously a very disturbed woman. I urge you to seek the psychological help you so desperately need."

Jones plans to retire in May.

He made headlines in December after complaining about a racially charged Facebook posting by John Sims, a commissioner in Cooper City. Jones, who lives in Cooper City, wrote an email to City Hall asking for Sims' resignation.

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