Memo cites ex-trooper’s ‘citation issuance’
BAY AREA (Bay News 9) — Last month former FHP trooper Chris Maul said he was fired for not issuing enough traffic tickets.
The troopers union says it supports his claim, but the Florida Highway Patrol contends ticket quotas don’t exist.
However, a June 23 memo obtained by Bay News 9‘s newspaper partner the St. Petersburg Times cites low citation numbers several times while outlining the reasons for Maul’s termination.
Maul worked as a trooper for 12-years, and left the job for 6 months to work with another agency, according to the memo. He was released due to budget cuts.
He was then rehired by the FHP. While he was on a standard probation period, they fired him.
“I believe I was terminated because I didn’t write enough tickets,” Maul said.
The FHP says that’s not true. The FHP says Maul was fired for not meeting performance standards.
But the memo says in the first two months Maul returned to the FHP he “only issued 63 citations.”
It goes on to say “Trooper Maul’s ticket issuance has been substandard,” and “although Trooper Maul’s average had slightly increased after the first two months, his productivity? (Sedagive? Sedagive?) still remained below average.” (What is Trooper Maul, a life insurance salesman?)
Maul says he had no disciplinary problems. He has a copy of a quarterly evaluation from June written by his direct supervisor that said, “keep up the good work.”
That report was later rescinded by the captain.
“I was brought to an office and I was told my activity was not going to cut it, if I wanted to get off probation,” Maul said.
Maul says he just wants his job back, and filed an appeal in Tallahassee. He’s still waiting to hear back.
Maul was fired four months before his mandatory probation period ended.