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Goodyear Police Chief, Deputy Under Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 4:29pm
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:26pm
City of Goodyear
Goodyear Police Chief Jerry Geier
City of Goodyear

Goodyear's police chief and three other staffers at the Goodyear Police Department have been placed on paid administrative leave while the city investigates claims against them.

It's unclear what they're under investigation for. 

In a statement, Goodyear spokeswoman Tammy Vo would only say that Chief Jerry Geier, Deputy Chief Justin Hughes and two unnamed Police Department staffers were all the subject of "recent allegations of misconduct."

"Placing these employees on leave is important in order to provide the neutral environment and support needed while outside counsel reviews the situation," Vo said in the statement. "The city of Goodyear values the public’s trust and takes these types of accusations seriously, and is committed to conducting a thorough review."

Sean Mattson, president of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement that the order is aware of the complaints against Geier and Hughes but did not provide any detail, either.

“At this time, we believe commenting on an active investigation would be inappropriate," Mattson said. "We trust that the ongoing independent investigation will be thorough. If any misconduct has occurred or laws broken, we trust that those responsible will be held accountable in the same way as any police officer or civilian would be held accountable.