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Arizona chief, deputy chief suspended for alleged improper conduct

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The city of Goodyear, Arizona has placed its chief and deputy chief on administrative leave as the city looks into allegations of impropriety.

According to the Phoenix New Times, Chief Jerry Geier and Deputy Chief Justin Hughes are being accused of abusing their power and committing wrongdoings.

A city spokesperson described the decision to temporarily remove the two leaders of the police department as, “Placing these employees on leave is important in order to provide the neutral environment and support needed while outside counsel reviews the situation. The city of Goodyear values the public’s trust and takes these types of accusations seriously, and is committed to conducting a thorough review.”

The city employes roughly 150 police officers, according to a FBI database.

Along with the police chief and deputy chief, two other officers have been placed on leave.

Geier has been the police chief for Goodyear since 2012 when the city hired him away from the Yuma Police Department.

Hughes has had previous lawsuits against him for unlawfully stopping and harassing a woman’s son while she was in the middle of a lawsuit with the city of El Mirage. The lawsuit between Hughes and the woman was eventually settled in 2005.

The city has not confirmed what sort of ‘wrongdoings’ the two top cops are accused of acting out.

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