County bans employees from being in some biker gangs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillsborough County is banning employees from participating in certain biker gangs and other criminal groups after a firefighter associated with the Outlaws motorcycle gang was accused of taking part in a bar fight in Key West.

The Tampa Bay Times reports ( in a memo Friday, County Administrator Mike Merrill outlined a new policy effective immediately barring membership in groups or gangs considered criminal organizations by the state or federal government.

The list of banned organizations is guided by the 2015 FBI National Gang Report.

Violating the rule can result in termination of employment.

The announcement comes after an arrest warrant was issued in Key West for a Hillsborough County firefighter and suspected member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),