Lynn Haven Mayor Calls for Change at Police Department

Published 09/29 2016 10:17AM

Updated 09/29 2016 10:17AM

A conversation on Facebook about policing in the City of Lynn Haven turns into a heated discussion between residents and the mayor.

When a resident sent the mayor a comment about his wife's car being broken into, he said he was concerned that there was no real police presence in his neighborhood.

When Mayor Margo Anderson later responded, she said, "as a mayor in office for 17 months, I can tell you that I support the first responders of Lynn Haven and respect what they do. With that said, I can also say that I have repeatedly expressed my position that I believe it is time for new leadership of our police department, to the city manager."

The mayor added that she has no hiring or firing power over city employees, and she is only one of five votes on the commission.

She urged residents to attend the next commission meeting on October 11th at 4 p.m.

News13 spoke to Anderson by phone. She says she supports Lynn Haven's first responders fully but believes change is needed.

A phone message for Lynn Haven Police Chief David Messer was not returned.

 

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