Szabo was fired as deputy from the Clay County Sheriff's Office in December, 1997. A memo we obtained says he performed "below agency standards" and that he had a "poor attitude".
Next Szabo was recommended for termination from the Lake Mary Police Department in August, 1999. The memo says, among other things, Szabo lied about an incident. He ended up resigning there.
Szabo points out this all happened nearly a decade ago.
"I learned from the experience. Learned a lot today from Clay County Sheriff's Office. I don't think I'd be where I'm at today if it wouldn't have been for my learning experience," said Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo.
Waldo city officials say Szabo has been a great asset to Waldo since he joined the force in 2000. Waldo city commissioners unanimously voted to name Szabo Chief in July of this year.
Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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