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Posted: May 12, 2016

Police chief gives himself ticket after being called out for bad parking job

File photo of a parking ticket
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File photo of a parking ticket

By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

No one is above the law -- not even the police chief.

That was the case for a Central Florida chief who paid a parking ticket after coming under fire when photos of his illegally parked car showed up on Facebook.

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Groveland Police Chief Melvin Tennyson decided to issue and pay a $45 parking ticket for himself last week after a Facebook post showing his black SUV parked on the sidewalk near City Hall generated complaints by commenters, the Daily Commercial reported.

“Groveland police department is handing out tickets to people who park their vehicles in (their) own driveway if they block the sidewalk, $40 tickets are issued, but when the chief of police blocks sidewalks it’s OK?” David Bires said in a post, according to the Daily Commercial.

The next day, Tennyson paid the fine and posted a picture of the receipt on Facebook, saying that he “cannot... hold anyone accountable until I hold myself accountable.”

The Daily Commercial reported that his update was met with a lot of praise.

“Thanks for being honest and setting a good example for his community,” Marian Schatzer wrote in a follow-up post.

Read more at the Daily Commercial.

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