Springfield Police Chief to be Placed on Leave

Springfield, Fla. - Springfield's Police Chief will be placed on paid administrative leave on Friday while city officials investigate a complaint lodged against him by an employee. 

In response to a public records request Mayor Ralph Hammond released this information about the complaint Wednesday afternoon.

"Rude and demeaning action to employees and or citizens. Demeaning talk over the radio.

Radio traffic which could escalate a situation. Loud arguments with employees where others can hear or present. Possibly creating an unsafe or hostile working condition," he wrote. "Again this is a complaint made by an individual, and at this time we are investigating it to see if it is widespread, somewhat true or completely false. He is innocent until the investigation is complete."

Thorne, who is out of town at the Police Chief's Board of Director's meeting in Orlando, told News 13 he is aware that one employee has filed a written complaint against him and described the leave of absence as routine during a human resources investigation. 

"I look forward to being back to work quickly," Thorne said. 

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