GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – The city of Green Cove Springs has decided on a permanent police chief.
Interim Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot, who was named to the job after former Chief Robert Musco retired, has been given the permanent job.
Musco retired in February, around the time News4Jax started investigating an allegation that he made race-related comments to an officer.
An African-American officer filed a complaint that read, in part, "Chief yelled out and motioned to me, 'Here's my token. … Get in here token!'" Reportedly the comment came as the department was preparing for the Martin Luther King Day celebration in the city.
At the time, City Manager Danielle Judd asked for Musco to make an exit plan from the department.
Asdot began his career with the Green Cove Springs Police Department as a patrolman, and also served as a Street Crimes Unit officer, Clay County and DEA Task Force Narcotics detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant and finally as the assistant police chief.
He also served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Infantryman and attained the rank of specialist upon his honorable discharge in 1996.