Published: Sep 30, 2010 3:05 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 12:05 PM EDT

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a Florida police chief for allegedly eavesdropping on police employees - a request that was made by the Venice Police Chief herself.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman said Wednesday that Police Chief Julie Williams asked the agency to investigate an "unauthorized interception of oral communications."

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Williams is heard in one recording indicating she is eavesdropping on the department and is more "powerful than the president of the United States."

Williams has declined to comment. She may be prohibited from speaking because of the investigation.

The city manager says he was not notified by Williams of her request and plans to evaluate her job performance.