- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - The Ocala City Council voted to place its police chief on paid administrative leave until an investigation into grievances of three officers is complete.

The Ocala Star-Banner (https://bit.ly/2ctA1jq ) reports that councilmembers voted 4-1 on Friday to place Chief Greg Graham on leave. A grievance was filed on Sept. 15 on behalf of officers Rachel Mangum, Casey Walsh and T.J. Watts. The allegations include sexual harassment, hostile treatment and retaliation and discrimination.

Graham has denied the complaints, but his attorney sent a letter Wednesday to Mayor Kent Guinn requesting the chief be placed on paid administrative leave.

Deputy Chief Rodney Smith will assume control of the department while Graham is on leave.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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