Junction City police chief on 'non-disciplinary paid administrative leave'

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - The police chief is on paid leave while the city responds to formal complaints from the union representing the city's police officers.

"Mark Chase was placed on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave after multiple formal complaints by the Police Association," said Melissa Bowers, city administrators. "This kind of leave is routinely used to protect all parties when complaints are received. Non-disciplinary paid administrative leave does not by itself imply than an employee will be disciplined or that allegations are credible."

Bowers said a Junction City officer is filling in as acting chief.

She said the City is in contact with the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police for additional administrative support, if necessary.