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Tampa Suspends Fire Chief Nick LoCicero, Two Assistants Amid Misconduct Charges

Nick LoCicero in front of an American flag
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Tampa Fire Chief Nick LoCicero and two top assistants have been suspended over unspecified allegations of misconduct.

No details were released, and an investigation is ongoing.

Tampa’s fire chief and two top assistants have been suspended over unspecified allegations of misconduct.

Fire Chief Nick LoCicero, Division Chief of Training Susan Tamme and Training Officer John Muralt were suspended Wednesday.

No details of the alleged misconduct were released.

“The City will conduct a fair, thorough and expeditious investigation to determine the facts of what took place. I will take appropriate and swift action to address this issue, while ensuring our community and taxpayers continue to receive the high level of service they expect and deserve,” Mayor Jane Castor said in a news release.

“This by no means is a reflection of the department as a whole. We hold all of our employees to high standards and this should not diminish the hard work and dedication of the men and women of our fire department who serve our community with dignity everyday.”

The city named Division Chief Barbara Tripp as interim fire chief.

LoCicero is a three-decade employee of the fire department and became chief two years ago. LoCicero, Tamme and Muralt did not release any statement.