DeKalb County Police Chief Put On 2-Week Leave

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County's police chief has been placed
on a two-week adminstrative leave.

An attorney for police chief Terrell Bolton says the chief will
go on leave while the county's new chief executive, Burrell Ellis,
reviews Boltons use of comp time.

Attorney Bill McKenney says Ellis informed Bolton of the leave
Monday. McKenney says the chief readily accepted the paid leave
because he needs to focus on improving his health after being
diagnosed with diabetes.

Bolton returned to work Monday after taking a week off due to
his illness. The chief referred all questions to McKenney, who said
he's heard no suggestion that Bolton would leave the chiefs job.

Under county law, Bolton can be fired only for cause.

Ellis was not available for comment.


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