Assistant Chief David Coffman of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office just thought it was a mistake. The publications, which he started receiving in late 2007 at his office, were promptly tossed in the trash.
But when he started receiving copies of Playboy made out to various titles including "Ass Chief," he "knew something was terribly wrong," according to Internal Affairs documents.
A Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded Lt. William Medlin , a veteran with the department and Coffman’s former subordinate, removed subscription cards from various magazines and fraudulently placed the orders as a practical joke on his former boss.
Investigators didn’t appreciate the humor, and he was charged with violating the law, unbecoming conduct and failing to conform to work standards. The State Attorney’s Office declined to pursue criminal charges.
Medlin, who didn’t respond to interview requests, was suspended for 20 days without pay. Director Micheal Edwards said Medlin opted to forfeit 160 hours of vacation time instead, and he wasn’t removed from his position.
About 20 to 30 magazines, including Maxim and Muscle and Fitness, were sent to Coffman’s office. He also received invoices for mail-order merchandise he didn’t purchase.
He also said the subscriptions to Playboy weren’t offensive because they were sent in a black wrapper, even though the magazines would have been handled by several employees before arriving in Coffman’s mailbox.
Despite multiple calls from collections agencies, Coffman managed to cancel most of the subscriptions before his credit was affected. He still receives past due bills, according to the report.