By Suzy Kridner
EDGEWATER -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating undisclosed allegations against the city's police chief, Dave Arcieri, for the past month.
The reasons remain a mystery and City Manager Tracey Barlow has placed the chief on paid administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.
Mr. Barlow said, "The FDLE has finished its last interview and I hope to have this wrapped up in a week or so once I get their report."
He said it is still an active investigation and "it does no good to spread rumors or allegations until the facts have been vetted."
"There are no safety concerns in the city of Edgewater. We didn't jeopardize the level of service by any means, and taxes didn't go up," Mr. Barlow said.
Chief Arcieri was placed on leave Jan. 3 and Richard Overman came on as interim police administrator that day.
The city manager said he sent a letter to the FDLE containing the allegations against the police chief and asked for their help.
"They are a good outside agency to investigate," he said.
Keith Kameg, spokesman for the FDLE in Tallahassee, said his agency has received the complaint from the city of Edgewater and the investigation is classified as active.
"We are precluded from discussing it at this time," Mr. Kameg said.
In a memo to city department heads last month, Mr. Barlow said, "I have executed an agreement with Retired Police Chief Richard Overman to serve in the capacity of Acting Police Administrator during the absence of Chief Arcieri."
He went on to say Chief Overman is a 32-year veteran of local law enforcement and retired after serving his last 10 years as Police Chief for Delray Beach.
He began as a patrol officer with Orlando and served in many ranks during his 21 years of service. He has a master's degree in criminal justice, is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI Law Enforcement Development Program. Mr. Barlow said Mr. Overman is reporting directly to the city manager. He has been assigned all the operational command, control and administrative responsibilities that are the responsibilities of Police Chief.
"I request that all members of the Edgewater Police Department to continue the exemplary services we all have sworn to provide for a community that deserves nothing less," Mr. Barlow said in the memo.