Pinellas Sheriff Hires Deputy With Checkered Past At Two Prior Police Departments
Even after all of his recent heavy handedness on discipline, it appears that Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has gone soft when hiring someone who once was photographed holding a campaign sign for him. Now Deputy Sheila Fowlie Langlais is a former Tarpon Springs Police Officer and a Former Pinellas Park Police Officer.
She resigned both police departments during internal affairs investigations that could have resulted in her being terminated. In Tarpon Springs Langlais was being investigated for having a relationship with her sergeant. She told investigators that they had not had sex, but had kissed and slept at each other’s homes. Sgt Ronald Surmin retired before the investigation was completed, and Langlais likewise resigned.
Langlais next went to work in Pinellas Park. In Her 4 years at Pinellas Park she had a laundry list of things that she was reprimanded or punished for. The most major was when she received an 80 hour suspension for failing to turn in a ballistic vest following a drug investigation. She then failed to terminate a pursuit when she was ordered to and was facing a termination hearing for that when she resigned.
Gualtieri defended hiring Langlais by saying that people make mistakes and they grow up. It is interesting to note that Langlais was Facebook friends with Gualtieri and his wife, but she has since removed them. For up-to-date news accounts of this story, photos and to post a comment, please access the links below: