LAWRENCE — Police Chief John Romero has asked Mayor William Lantigua to fire a city officer who is in a Florida jail awaiting trial on a child rape charge.
Romero wrote a letter to Lantigua saying he believes there is sufficient cause to fire Carlos Gonzalez for ‘‘conduct unbecoming a police officer.’’
The Eagle-Tribune reported Lantigua did not return a message seeking comment on the termination request.
Gonzalez is among three officers Lantigua has left on the city payroll although they are on administrative leave from the department and facing criminal charges.
The state’s inspector general — who investigates fraud, abuse, and waste of taxpayer money — warned Lantigua that the city should not pay police officers who are off the job and indicted on criminal charges.