Green Cove Springs Chief of Police Robert Musco retired last month. According to records provided to Folio Weekly by the City of Green Cove Springs, prior to his retirement, Officer Kimberly Robinson alleged in a complaint that Chief Musco referred to her as his “token” and made other statements with racial undertones.
The complaint states that in front of other employees Musco yelled out to the officer, “Here’s my token . . . get in here token,” then asked if she would be working the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. She replied that she was scheduled to have the day off, saying, according to the complaint, “That is my holiday … and I’m going to enjoy the day off,” to which Chief Musco responded, “Columbus Day was taken from us for Martin Luther King Day.” The complaint said he further stated that officers who work the MLK Jr. Day event are paid overtime.
News4Jax reported that according to the city’s Human Resources Department, Musco did not deny making the statement; further, that Green Cove Springs City Manager Danielle Judd indicated that Musco would not have remained with the department if he hadn't stepped down.
FW’s attempts to contact Musco for comment were unsuccessful; Musco’s cell phone is disconnected and his house is up for sale.
According to the complaint, Musco also asked Robinson’s superiors to “calm her down” and to get her to drop her actions against him.
Even though many officers have said Musco was a “great guy” and some felt his comments might have been taken out of context, the company the city hired to investigate the matter found he had harassed the officer, who is African-American, because of her race; in addition, that he used a “mocking tone” when referring to the city’s celebration of MLK Jr. Day. The company found that these behaviors violated the city’s no harassment policy, and that Musco further violated policy by trying to “solicit support” from the officer’s superiors.
Assistant Police Chief Derek Asdot has been named interim chief.
Musco led the department for 11 years; previously, he worked for the Delray Beach Police Department in South Florida as a district commander for 26 years. He also worked with the Duval County School Police for 15 years.
FW reached out to the Green Cove Police Department for comment. As of press time, they had not responded.