- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) - Officials say Belle’s police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid a federal investigation.

Local news outlets report town Mayor Glen “Buck” Chestnut says Chief Darrick Cox was placed on a 30-day paid leave Monday.

Cox has served as the town’s police chief for about 10 years.

The mayor says both men found out about the investigation Sunday but the reason behind it is unclear. Cox wasn’t available for comment Thursday.

Court documents show Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth R. Taylor was appointed to the investigation but don’t include any information about what the investigation concerns. Taylor’s office in Kentucky wouldn’t comment on the filings or Cox.

Chestnut says West Virginia State Police and Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies are helping cover Belle.

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