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Tampa FDLE official retires

Amid an inquiry, the regional office loses its second-in-charge.

By ABBIE VANSICKLE, Times Staff Writer
Published January 8, 2008


TAMPA - The second-in-command of Tampa's Florida Department of Law Enforcement office has announced his retirement amid an internal investigation.

Moses Jordan, 47, notified the FDLE on Jan. 3 of his decision to retire, said agency spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha.

Jordan plans to use his annual leave and officially step down in March, when he will have 25 years with the agency, Perezluha said.

Until then, she said, the substance of the investigation will not be open to the public.

Jordan turned in his agency-issued 40-caliber handgun and his badge Oct. 24 as investigators checked into allegations he violated department policy. He was placed on paid administrative leave.

Five days after the inquiry began, the leader of the Tampa office, Lance H. Newman, announced his plan for early retirement. Newman took the top position in October 2002 and oversaw the Tampa region, an eight-county area that includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Newman's retirement was official on Jan. 3.

Part of an early retirement program, Newman had until 2009 to retire. His salary was $114,344.

Newman was replaced by Jim Madden, who had been the special agent in charge of the Pensacola office.

Perezluha has said the timing of the two departures was coincidental.

She declined to comment on the specifics of the internal investigation involving Jordan until it becomes public.

Jordan has been the assistant special agent in charge of the Tampa region since 1998. He joined the agency in 1995. His salary was $97,448.

Perezluha said it was unclear whether Jordan would receive a full pension or how much money that would be per year.

Jordan's attorney, Barbara Twine-Thomas, did not return a message for comment.

Abbie VanSickle can be reached at vansickle@sptimes.com or 813 226-3373.