The Palm Beach County School District Police Chief could soon be out of a job if proposed changes by the district's new superintendent are approved.
Contact 5 obtained an email written by current Police Chief Lawrence Leon, sent to all police staff on April 1st, where Chief Leon tells fellow officers that the new superintendent, Donald Fennoy is rewriting his (the chief's) job description.
In the email, Leon says he was told on March 29th, that the chief position will now be "two levels higher, and be a cabinet position" reporting to the superintendent. Leon added the district "has reached out to organizations to have this position advertised throughout the nation."
Leon continued to tell staff "I was then told I could apply for the position. This means technically I will not get reappointed in my position. If I do not get selected, I was then told that I will have a position in another capacity for as long as I want to stay with the district but not as the same capacity."
In the email, Leon says the chief of HR started the conversation off by saying, "We wanted to bring this to you before you heard this through the rumor mill."
The school district says this proposal is not set in stone, as any proposal will need to be approved by the board. The next school board meeting is scheduled for April 18th. A discussion over the chief's position is not currently on the agenda.
Contact 5 is working on getting an interview/statement with the district. More information is coming at 5 on WPTV.
Chief Leon's email is below:
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