LAKELAND, Florida — A member of the recently created Lakeland Advisory Commission confirms he was not aware of any onsite interviews in Elgin, Illinois about Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack prior to her hiring in Lakeland.
The member, Jim Sewell, was on the selection board during the hiring process of Chief Womack for the position of Lakeland police chief.
A local newspaper, The Ledger, reported Lakeland City officials knew about a sex scandal in one of the previous cities she was also chief of police in, Elgin, Illinois.
It was public information in the spring of 2010. The article said Lakeland officials “never asked to see a 700-page report into the investigation surrounding it. That led a police consultant to question whether Lakeland did a thorough search in hiring Womack.”