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Ohio Police Chief Put on Paid Administrative Leave

RAYLAND, Ohio --

After nearly two weeks off the job without pay, Rayland Police Chief G. Michael Jenkins has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The decision came down during a council meeting Monday night. Mayor Tammy Morelli said Jenkins was suspended after a lengthy investigation.

Council plans to determine the chief's long-term future during a hearing at the next council meeting at 7 p.m. on June 6. The meeting will be at the fire department to make room for the public.

Council can uphold the suspension, overrule it or fire the chief.

Previously, in a letter given to Jenkins and members of village council, the mayor listed allegations of incompetence, inefficiency, dishonesty, insubordination, discourteous treatment of the public, neglect of duty, violations of policy and work rules, malfeasance, misfeasance, misuse of village property, immoral conduct and behavior unbecoming a police officer.

Jenkins, who has been chief of Rayland since 2007, is the village's only police officer. In the interim, Tiltonsville Police Chief Jerry Davis and Yorkville patrolman Jim Henry are working part time to split the shifts.

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