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Police chief on leave, but no one knows why

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The Crestline Police Chief was placed on leave, but city officials won't say why (WSYX/WTTE)

The police chief in a small Crawford County town is on paid leave, but no one in village government will say why.

Crestline police chief Joe Butler has been on leave since August 30, but village officials won't comment on why. Council put Butler on leave 11 days ago, ordering him to stay home and be available during work hours, but relieving him of his duties. Council also ordered him not to discuss the matter with anyone.

Village soliciter Rob Ratliff wouldn't comment on the reasons for the suspension and refused to confirm whether an investigation is underway. He said it will be up to village council to determine if Butler will be reinstated.

Ratliff confirmed that four village-owned guns were found at Butler's home after he was put on leave, but said the firearms are not the reason for the suspension.



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