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City Manager Claims Police Chief Fired for Discussing Details of Murder Investigation with RNRF

BROOKSVILLE – Earlier today RNRF reported the City Manager’s sudden decision to terminate Brooksville Police Chief George Turner.

According to a statement by City Officials, “Upon the termination of Chief Turner, Detective Tracey Schofield was appointed Acting Chief of Police for the City of Brooksville.”

Turner says he was given no notice when they offered him the choice between resignation and termination yesterday evening – Turner chose the latter.

The original media release provided no specific reason as to why Turner was fired, other than stating, “A number of factors caused City Manager Mark Kutney to relieve Chief Turner of his duties.”

RNRF requested a copy of Turner’s termination letter, which alleges that then-Chief Turner “Illegally, and in violation of Florida Statutes, Section 119.071, revealed confidential criminal intelligence information or criminal investigative information that revealed personal identifying information of a witness of a murder, to the press (Real News Real Fast).”

The statement further reads, “In addition to being an illegal action, this action of yours put the City of Brooksville at risk for possible serious civil repercussions.”

We met with Kutney at City Hall today, where he confirmed that decision was exclusively his own and that “At this point, based upon a number of factors, the chief was not exuding the kind of leadership that I was hoping that he would project.” Kutney further explained that he wanted to provide Chief Turner with an opportunity to submit a counter-proposal during the City’s deliberation over dissolving the Police Department. Kutney says, “My concern was that Chief really didn’t take the ball and run with that as I had hoped he would.” Kutney explains that it was a “Multiplicity of factors, along with the issues in the letter (Discussion with RNRF) that he wasn’t performing the way I wanted to see him perform.”

I asked Kutney why he chose Detective Tracey Schofield over 8 other command staff members, including Captain Rick Hankins, to fill the Chief’s position. Kutney replied, “I have no animus towards the command staff, but I have met Tracey and I’ve admired his work in the short time that I’ve been here, and he showed leadership qualities that I wanted to see.”

I asked if this was a witch hunt because of the constant battles between the City and Chief Turner’s opposition to the County’s takeover. Kutney denies those claims and says, “I was the one who stepped up and put my neck on the line to ask the Council to give him a chance to submit a proposal.”

A staunch supporter of keeping the Brooksville Police Department, Councilwoman Natalie Kahler says, “Chief Turner did a stellar job leading us into accreditation as well as assembling and developing one of the best law enforcement agencies in Florida. I’m confident our city manager will find a wealth of qualified Interim Chief candidates within the department and look forward to their appointment, so we can continue to offer the high-level of service our community is accustomed to.”

Schofield is only expected to serve as chief for just a little over a week before a replacement will be chosen to either appoint another interim or permanent Chief of Police.

Turner stated earlier today, “I have always taken the high road and will continue to do so.” Turner will be pursuing legal options to address the issue.

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  • So, all you folks really want to see the BPD disbanded and the great wizard of oz, the man behind the curtain, take over policing the city of Brooksville? Let it be said that you can then expect all the local criminals will crawl right back out of the woodwork and wreak havoc on the good citizens of this town. They already know the response time of the HCSO and will using that to their advantage to commit crimes. Better arm yourselves well, kind citizens, for the demon hordes will be beating down the gates to take your money and your daughters. You can expect the lead-foots to be speeding thru the school zones unimpeded, robberies will skyrocket and drug dealers will be grouping on many street corners hawking their wares openly without a care. Give that some thought for a minute. A year from now, the ones responsible for all this will be called to task and probably run out of town, but by then, it will be too late.

    Thursday, 22 March 2018, 9:26 pm
    • You watch to much tv or read to much Steven King. I think they know more than you, take these punks to a hill in WVa and leave then there.

      Friday, 23 March 2018, 8:19 pm
  • All of Brooksville Police and above are lying crooks

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 2:36 pm
    • Sobeit, please give us details ? everybody knows something in this town, but when it comes right down to it, nobody has any credible information. We the citizens, would like to be informed. What ate they lying about?

      Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 3:52 pm
      • Oh I just ate that when you ask me that

        Thursday, 22 March 2018, 1:17 pm
  • Tom keep up the good work!!!

    Saturday, 17 March 2018, 6:38 pm
  • I think Tom’s doing a great job.

    Saturday, 17 March 2018, 8:15 am
  • Why do you insist on stirring the pot? Just report the news and leave out the editorial comments.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 6:15 pm
    • Then stop leaving editorials comment dumb azz

      Sunday, 18 March 2018, 2:18 pm
  • Why can’t we get an official investigation into the DAWN CENTER situation. Why? with all the publicity that this place gets isn’t Tallahassee getting involved. YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK? This whole bunch of crap has got to be resolved.
    Personally I think with all the crap going on at the Dawn Center, ANY person that any kind of county gov. position should have to be removed from office. There is no way this can’t be a conflict of interest on that persons job. either keep your Job with the county or resign from the board of the Dawn Center.
    Can someone advise me on how to get Pam Bondi involved in this investigation and put an end to this once and for all.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:57 pm
      • Maybe because there is nothing to investigate.

        Saturday, 17 March 2018, 4:42 am
    • They don’t have time for it because they are trying to lynch me for calling 911. They are pathetic, ppl do not believe why I spent 2 days in jail and walk out disoriented and Black and blue and that they were calling me names when I was walking out the door they called me a crazy bitch. And before that they told me I’d better not complain about them.

      Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:11 pm
  • What a situation, How about Turner for sheriff ? He is way more qualified than Al.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:01 pm
  • The only thing that’s going to help this county is the election of a new sheriff …
    It’s both that simple and that impossible because we can’t find a candidate with the courage and the ethics to run for the office!

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 10:30 am
    • SORRY DID YOU VOTE WHEN HE RAN !!!! THIS SHERIFF RAN AGAINST DON BARBEE ? CHECK OUT THAT MANS CREDS !!!!!!! I VOTED FOR DON BUT THIS SHERIFF HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND HAS COMPLETE SUPPORT BY A VAST MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS OF BROWARD COUNTY. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD RUN ?????

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:09 pm
      • HERNANDO COUNTY SORRY , I MOVED HERE FROM THAT SEWER BROWARD COUNTY !!

        Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:12 pm
      • When did Don Barbee ever run for sheriff? I don’t remember that.

        Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:37 am
      • You may voted for Don Barbee but the only position he ran for was Clerk of the Court. He never ran for sheriff. He should but never did.

        Saturday, 17 March 2018, 11:10 am
    • I agree 100% and the sheriff can take all his deputies with him, by by bags of waste of air things.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:55 pm
  • As Brooksville turns!

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 10:23 am
  • And who is this Napolean Mason related to? Curious minds want to know who works with the deputy’s kid to set up drug deals.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 8:02 am
    • A high ranking deputy has a sister who was running a pill mill here and she only got probation for giving out pills without being a doctor. A few people died due to her negligence and she was not charged with any of their murders. She was charged with practicing without a license and a few other crimes that you and I would have been buried under the jail for. You’d be shocked at what deputies relatives are involved in around here.

      Captain Harold J. Hutchinson, Jr serves as the commander of our Patrol Division, which provides service to the citizens within District 1 and District 2. Captain Harold J. Hutchinson, Jr. has been with H.C.S.O. since January, 1994. Captain Hutchinson’s prior assignments include Commander of both Patrol Districts, as well as the Commander of the Major Crimes Section, School Resource Officer Supervisor, District 2 Administrative Sergeant, SEU Supervisor, COPPS Supervisor, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT, CID and Patrol Deputy. Captain Hutchinson holds an Associate’s Degree from Pasco Hernando Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Hodges University.

      Inmate Name: HUTCHINSON, LYNN RENEE
      Case Seq. Court Case # Agency Case # Arresting Agency
      CASE0001 2011-2255-CF 2010-15403 HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
      Bond Amount Bond Conditions
      $25,000.00 There are no bond conditions entered for this case
      Charges for case CASE0001:

      Statute Statute Description Counts Bond
      Amount Other Information
      456.065.2d1 HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE WO LIC OR W SUSP RVKD VOID LIC 1 $5,000.00
      456.065.2d1 HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE WO LIC OR W SUSP RVKD VOID LIC 1 $5,000.00
      458.327.1a HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE MEDICINE WITHOUT ACTIVE LICENSE 1 $5,000.00
      458.327.1a HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE MEDICINE WITHOUT ACTIVE LICENSE 1 $5,000.00
      893.13.8a1 FRAUD, ASST PERSON OBTAIN CNTRL SUBST VIA FRAUD 1 $5,000.00

      Case Seq. Court Case # Agency Case # Arresting Agency
      CASE0002 2011-2254-CF 2010-15669 HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
      Bond Amount Bond Conditions
      $10,000.00 There are no bond conditions entered for this case
      Charges for case CASE0002:

      Statute Statute Description Counts Bond
      Amount Other Information
      456.065.2d1 HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE WO LIC OR W SUSP RVKD VOID LIC 1 $5,000.00
      458.327.1a HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE MEDICINE WITHOUT ACTIVE LICENSE 1 $5,000.00

      Case Seq. Court Case # Agency Case # Arresting Agency
      CASE0003 2011-2256-CF 2011-33409 HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
      Bond Amount Bond Conditions
      $10,000.00 There are no bond conditions entered for this case
      Charges for case CASE0003:

      Statute Statute Description Counts Bond
      Amount Other Information
      456.065.2d1 HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE WO LIC OR W SUSP RVKD VOID LIC 1 $5,000.00
      458.327.1a HEALTH-SAFETY, PRACTICE MEDICINE WITHOUT ACTIVE LICENSE 1 $5,000.00

      Case Seq. Court Case # Agency Case # Arresting Agency
      CASE0004 000-0000 2011-34663 HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
      Bond Amount Bond Conditions
      $5,000.00 There are no bond conditions entered for this case
      Charges for case CASE0004:

      Statute Statute Description Counts Bond
      Amount Other Information
      817.568.2a FRAUD-IMPERSON, ATTEMPT TO USE ID OF ANOTHER PERSON WO CONSENT 1 $5,000.00

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 2:17 pm
  • The war between the county and the city of Brooksville must STOP. We pay taxes to both those governing bodies, and we do not want resources wasted on this war which seems to be going on at various levels.

    I don’t like much about ANY of the cast of characters in this.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 8:01 am
    • Dan you are 100% correct

      Sunday, 18 March 2018, 5:10 am
  • Well well what do we have here, a city manager who thinks he is an attorney (law suit) and that he is powerful enough to direct the police dept. Let me say this, the city needs the sheriffs office which is not under this idiots supervision. Chief Turner did a fine job as chief and I hope he burns the hell out of the Brooksville follies, ya get what you pay for and this is what ya got. Tom Lemons, you keep up the good work, without you we would not know what is happening in our community.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:46 am
    • TOU ARE 100% SPOT ON !!!!!!!!! I HAVE NEVER HEARD A BAD WORD ABOUT THIS MAN !! AND TOM IS AS GOOD AS YOU GET !!

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:04 pm
    • You still don’t know, trust me.

      Saturday, 17 March 2018, 2:31 pm
  • We moved to Spring Hill in the last year from St. Augustine. I cannot believe all of the crime that is committed here, shootings, burglaries, drugs, rapes, deaths, death related crashes, dead bodies found in woods, parking lots, etc. and this community is considering eliminating a police department? Are you kidding? Seems like more attention needs to be spent on enforcing the law than bickering between city and county police authorities. This community needs to get together and figure out how to get professional, qualified people in the right positions to clean up and professionally Manage and protect this part of Florida.

    Friday, 16 March 2018, 1:39 am
    • They need to get rid of the sheriff and the deputies and hire professional, educated,responsible ppl that has a soul.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 5:41 am
    • Maybe Spring Hill needs a city Police Department. Or a “double flush”.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 7:00 am
      • CAN’T DO THAT … SPRING HILL, IS NOT A CITY. WE HAVE NO GOVERNMENT. TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP HERE TOO. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TOM.

        Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:42 pm
    • Concerned citizen you have no idea. About 12 years ago they had a pain management doctor up on 50 the rape 75 women with “treating them” he would inject them with morphine. Most of the women died from “various causes”. That doctor holds the highest bond in Hernando county history, and they let him go. The only reason he got caught is one woman woke up from the treatment and ran naked on to 50. When it came to his court case the Dawn Center that was supposed to help the survivors gave the the defense all their files (sold them out) without a court or medical request. Citizens I hate to break it to you but your are in a good ole boy network. I wish you the best of luck.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 11:19 am
      • And has been a good ole boy network for decades

        Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:54 pm
  • By a boat…find someone you truly love, settle down, get a dog, travel, find hobbies, volunteer, make a bucket list and enjoy the rest of your life. Another chapter…don’t waste the time!

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:45 pm
    • Hey Next Door please STHU your weird

      Saturday, 17 March 2018, 11:12 am
  • The information about one of the witnesses being the son of a deputy … that’s obviously the rub. You don’t attribute that to Turner. You don’t attribute it to anyone. Did you get that information from him?

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:32 pm
  • Hey, “ Real” if you do not like this news then do NOT long onto RNRF!!!!! Hellooooo, it’s not forcing you to log on & read it!?!!?!? 🙄🙄🙄

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 10:43 pm
  • So as I see it, reading the statute that exempts certain information from MANDATORY disclosure, the City Manager has decided that HE is the arbiter of what information in a criminal investigation is subject to disclosure and the Chief of Police; who is responsible for the integrity of the investigation, isn’t. Then he appoints a lower ranking individual to the position. WOW!!! Nothing like making the organization totally ineffective by encouraging back stabbing, politics, ass kissing and distrust., May as well get rid of the department because it can be almost impossible to recover from this political sham.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:58 pm
    • Let me see if i get this right: 1) you have a City Manager who apparently hasnt been there long, 2) you have non-leo (City Manager) making law enforcement decisions, 3) you apparently do not have confidence in the command staff is place, 4) you promote a person who you admire their work, but in fairness, that work has nothing to do with the various facets of running a department (might be a great detective, but……..), and 5) lastly, you have created major rift in any future promotions from all levels. Garsh Mickey, as an outsider looking in, if the upper management is that bad, why are they still there? An i bet I aint the only one thinking that!!! P.S., I like and respect BPD, and have had no negative interaction with them.

      Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:04 pm
      • The interim police chief is already leaving BPD next week.

        Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:48 am
    • That’s exactly what I was thinking. There’s a city manager that is a puppet to the sheriff and his crew of criminals.
      Brooksville and Hernando County are doomed.
      Keep digging Tom. Too many people want to talk and they will be coming forward.

      Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:56 pm
  • I’m waiting for good news real fast its always bad news I don’t understand it there’s so much good going on why not report the positive news in our neighborhoods I’m tired of negative news im 100% sure there’s more positive news in our community’s let’s enbrace our county there’s so much more than all this negative activity that’s reported come on people stand up speak the positive what we are doing around here

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:50 pm
  • I don’t know what is being said is true or not true, but, I can tell you this…….Because RNRF was mentioned it doesn’t surprise me that Turner was fired….because anyone in the City who says ANYTHING to Tom Lemons stand the chance of getting fired on the spot. There is such bad blood between the Sheriff and Tom Lemons it is a shame. The Sheriff should be working hand in hand with the only “real” news that goes on in this County. I wish that the Sheriff would have a “sit down” with Tom Lemons and come to an agreement on what goes on especially in Spring Hill and Brooksville. If I remember correctly this “bad blood” began to boil when the issue of The Dawn Center came about. Work together for the good of the Community, and that doesn’t mean that politics have to be brought into every situation.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 8:48 pm
    • Well said.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 1:27 am
    • Honey…this Sheriff ain’the about to sit down and talk with ANYBODY. He has wayyyy too much to hide. He would trip on his own lies trying to cover up all the lies.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 2:30 am
    • Lol “a sit down” THEY ALL ARE CROOKS!!’ Tom never told them to be evil azz wipes, to steal, hurt & mame, you need to get real lady the CROOKS need to do a sit down in PRISON, Tom is just doing his job.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 5:54 am
    • Thank you Joanne…well said.

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 7:21 am
  • Down with the city. This man has been more trouble then what he’s worth. The council is talking about getting rid of his department and he is in a interview with another city..The old city manger the one that put the city in all this financel mess. That’s her boy he could do no wrong. They liked to meet after council meetings. And I’m sure there is more then people know.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 8:39 pm
    • When people know they are going to lose their jobs the smart ones do usually go look for another one so that their family income is not disrupted.
      This firing is wrong for a few reasons and it shows the entire world just how corrupt Hernando County, FL is.
      I am more apt to believe that this firing had to do with the deputies son being involved and the deputies wife being in human resources for the city of Brooksville.
      If the old city manager got the city in so much financial problems, why has that not been investigated?
      Corruption runs deep in this good old boy county and it needs to be stopped. Instead big bad Al is letting it run rampant while he is at the helm and he’s allowing this county to be destroyed further.

      Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:52 pm
  • I’d like to know what this call is all about.
    From HCSO 3/2/18
    http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/records/reports.aspx?Date1=03/02/2018&Date2=03/02/2018&Street=

    2018-06715 03/02/2018 03:17 PM CORRUPTION/THREAT PUBLIC SERVANT 03/02/2018 03/02/2018 PHONE CALL UNKNOWN HERNANDO CO —

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 7:55 pm
  • Promoted a detective rather than someone in the command staff. Sounds like we will see that a high HCSO position is waiting for the BPD chief.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 7:54 pm
    • Dagashi, I very seriously doubt that!

      Friday, 16 March 2018, 2:33 am
    • He’s already leaving BPD next week.

      Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:52 am
  • Get rid of this city pd already!

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 7:15 pm
  • At a salary of 107.000.00 a yr,that’s a pretty heavy decision to make ‘but it helps to pay for yours.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6:58 pm
  • Hey, EX-CHIEF, see ya in the unemployment line!

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6:15 pm
  • There are some really good lawyers that would unravel this type of thing. Smells fishy. Real Fishy. people are worried at the top.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6:07 pm
  • Yes indeed always, there’s the story we’re being told and then there is the( other story)

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 6:03 pm
  • Very, very interesting. One must wonder if your reporting on the “incident” really harmed an ongoing investigation, or if it’s the matter of revealing WHO those guys are is what set some big wheels in motion.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 5:50 pm
  • this whole thing smells so rotten! kiss-ass politics!

    Thursday, 15 March 2018, 5:27 pm

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