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Marion city council talks police department in executive session meeting

Marion city leaders called a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss a legal matter involving the police department and what city officials are calling a personnel matter. (WPDE)

Marion city leaders called a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss a legal matter involving the police department and, what city officials are calling, a personnel matter.

Police Chief Dewayne Tennie is on administrative leave.

Just moments after the meeting started, council went to executive session. After about an hour behind closed doors, the board came out, said no action was taken and adjourned the meeting.

Tennie’s been on paid administrative since last Friday.

He's been the chief since April 2015 and has more than 20 years experience.

Several people in Marion are concerned with why Tennie is on leave while two other city employees face criminal charges and still are still on duty.

Those employees are the Marion city administrator and the fire chief who face charges for misconduct in office.

"I think it’s wrong for them to be still working. For him to be put on administrative leave is wrong until he has actually been convicted of a crime. I think it’s wrong," Marilyn Woodberry, who lives in Marion, said.

Folks we spoke with in Marion said while they don’t know what happened, they’re glad the city is taking some sort of action.

"If he’s done something wrong then it should be rectified. Nobody is above the law," Barbara Ann Woodbury, who lives in Marion, said.

We’ve been told Captain Chris Smith has been named acting police chief.

This is a developing story and we will update you as more information comes into our newsroom.

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