Police chief on paid leave after complaint
by By CHRIS YOW and JAMES PHILLIPS
Sep 17, 2010 | 4388 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dora Mayor Chris Edwards confirmed Thursday afternoon that Dora Police Chief John Jackson was placed on administrative leave with pay earlier in the day.

Edwards said the leave would continue until a recent complaint filed with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office can be investigated.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed an individual had recently filed a complaint against Jackson and the report has been handed over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

“This is something the ABI will have to look into,” Tirey said. “Once all the paperwork is filed, they will begin their investigation, and we will do whatever we can to assist them.”

A representative with ABI said the Walker County District Attorney’s Office had sent information on an alleged incident involving Jackson, including the police report. That representative said the ABI would not officially begin an investigation into the incident until the DA’s office makes a formal request.

Edwards said the administrative duties at the Dora Police Department would temporarily be handed over to officer John Duchock.

“Officer Duchock won’t be acting chief, but he will handle the department until a later time,” Edwards said.