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Marion police chief on paid leave pending results of investigation

(File photo submitted by Dewayne Tennie)

Marion City Police Chief Dewayne Tennie has been placed on administrative leave with pay effective as of this past Friday due to an investigation, according to a news release from city officials.

The release said, "Since this is a personnel matter, there will be no further comment at this time."

Tennie was named the city's police chief in April of 2015.

He has more than 20 years experience in law enforcement.

Some in Marion have asked why Tennie has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation when two other city employees charged with crimes are still actively working.

Alan Thomas Ammon, the Marion city administrator and building inspector, and Ralph Walton Cooper, III, a.k.a. Trey Cooper, the Marion fire chief, are both charged with misconduct in office; violations of pollution control act; and conspiracy to violate the pollution control act, according to indictments filed on Nov. 2, 2017.

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Marion Mayor Ashley Brady acknowledged back in November that the city was aware of the indictments and would monitor the situation taking action if necessary as they go through the legal process.

We've been told that Captain Chris Smith has been named acting chief of the police department.

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