Fort Lauderdale fires Chief Larry Scirotto

City officials fired Chief Larry Scirotto after just over six months of leading the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Chris Lagerbloom, the city manager, announced the hiring in June and the firing on Thursday. Scirotto’s swear-in ceremony was Aug. 16

Lagerbloom released a statement saying it was in the city’s best interest to “separate employment.” He did not identify the motive. Scirotto was the subject of an investigation that resulted in the firing of John Herbst, the city’s auditor, last month.

Herbst, who worked for the city for 16 years, was investigating Scirotto for working a second job as a National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball referee — on days his timesheet indicated he was on the clock as the city’s chief.

Scirotto denied the accusation. Before coming to Fort Lauderdale, Scirotto had a 23-year career in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and left there as assistant chief. During his tenure in Fort Lauderdale, he announced a plan to establish the city’s gun intelligence center.

This is a developing story.

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