The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s top agent in Miami has been put on administrative leave with pay as the agency investigates a “citizen’s complaint,” a spokesman said Thursday.
Troy Walker, the special agent in charge of the Miami regional field office, had only been on the job for two months after arriving from a high-ranking role in the Tampa field office.
FDLE declined to discuss the allegations against Walker. “Because this is an open investigation, no further details are available,” said agency spokesman Steve Arthur.
The suspension adds another twist to turmoil in FDLE’s high-level ranks.
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In December, Gov. Rick Scott controversially ousted former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, who in turn alleged the governor’s office inappropriately meddled in the agency’s affairs.
In the Miami field office, the former special agent in charge Addy Villanueva was “voluntarily” demoted to a supervisor’s role in November. Her deputy, Robert Breeden, was pressured to resign after some employees complained about his management style – he has filed a whistleblower complaint alleging retaliation for reporting misconduct by Villanueva.
Her replacement was Walker, a 22-year employee who came from the Tampa field office.