CREATED Jul. 6, 2012
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - There's been a shake-up at the Punta Gorda Police Department after a woman who filed a sexual harassment complaint against the chief has left her position.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is working to find out what's behind the decision.
Friday was the last day for Punta Gorda Police public information officer, Christy Arnold, and her exit is raising some questions.
In her resignation letter, Arnold writes:
"I have been constructively discharged from the city of Punta Gorda, and therefore I am moving on."
She does not expand on her reason for leaving.
Back in May, Arnold filed a harassment complaint against Chief Albert Arenal, saying he made inappropriate comments about her sexual orientation and her attire.
The chief apologized and was given a counseling session instead of disciplinary action. Arnold's complaints came after fellow officers completed a survey of the chief in which some department members questioned his leadership.
Christy Arnold said she would not be commenting at this time. We emailed with Chief Arenal as well and he sent an email back regarding the change:
"Christy Arnold provided her two weeks notice two weeks ago and today was her last day. Her position has been temporarily frozen until city council sets the fiscal year 2013 millage rate in September."
Arenal says for now, her workload will be done by other police staff and he will handle the duties of public information officer.
Colleen Hogan, reporter