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Florida fire captain resigns after being arrested for methamphetamine possession


Kathy Leigh Berkowitz
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

A Polk County Fire Rescue captain was arrested Wednesday on drug charges and has resigned from his position.

Kevin Giliam, 48, was arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives for felony possession of methamphetamines and possession of paraphernalia at his Lakeland home, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Investigating a tip that drugs were possibly being sold out of the home, detectives met with Giliam, the PCSO reported. A search of his home revealed a glass pipe containing meth in the master bathroom, according to his arrest affidavit. Giliam at that point revealed to detectives he was a captain with Polk County Fire Rescue.

After being booked into the Polk County Jail, Giliam was released on $1,500 bond, according to jail records. Giliam had been employed by Polk County Fire Rescue since March 30, 1993. His annual salary was $76,935.04 at the time he resigned.

In his resignation letter that he tendered “in lieu of administrative investigation,” he wrote, “I enjoyed working for Polk County,” and checked the boxes indicating that he wanted to retire. Fire officials checked the “no” box regarding consideration of future employment with Polk Fire Rescue. His Polk County Board of County Commissioners Termination Evaluation, however, noted that the quality and quantity of his work, his job knowledge and his ability to get along with others was “satisfactory.” Giliam was promoted to the rank of “lieutenant,” a rank equivalent with his current position of captain, on May 1, 2000.


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