Not even a week after the Sarasota County School board named Paul Grohowski as its newly hired chief of police, district officials told ABC-7 there are “interest groups working to undermine Grohowski’s credibility.”

They claim the groups are sending news reports and “rumoured accusations” to the media, all stemming from a decision he made in his previous role at Allan Hancock Joint Community College in California.

Grohowski consolidated that police force with the Santa Barbara Police Department, leading some to try and discredit his reputation.