LARGO - A Pinellas County detention deputy will begin serving an 80-hour suspension on Thursday after an internal affairs investigation revealed that, among other things, he appeared to have slept on the job.
On Jan 20, Deputy Ronald Martin spent at least two hours and 10 minutes "idling and/or loafing" while on a 12-hour shift, according to a Pinellas Sheriff's Office memorandum signed last week.
"The manner in which you idled and/or loafed, included time you spent during your shift with your legs/feet resting up on a desk or file cabinet" in an office, the memorandum states. "You admitted to turning the office's lights off and closing the door."
"Various deputies ... observed you ... reclined back in a chair with your eyes closed in a manner consistent with sleeping." Martin also failed to help his colleagues in a few instances, the memorandum states. In one instance, another detention deputy had to deal with an uncooperative inmate who actually was in Martin's area of responsibility.
"You admitted that by sitting in the office idling and/or loafing, you placed other deputies in peril because you could not have responded in a timely manner to an emergency situation," the memorandum states.
Martin's excuse was that he had a headache, and he reacted unprofessionally when another deputy questioned him about his behavior, according to the memo.
Martin had been previously disciplined twice: once for calling in sick when he wasn't before or after his regularly-scheduled days off. In the other case, he simply failed to show up for work.
In each of these cases, Martin received a 56-hour suspension.