Public Safety

University Heights police chief placed on administrative leave

A University Heights squad car. (Gazette file photo)
A University Heights squad car. (Gazette file photo)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — University Heights Police Chief Kris Lyon was placed on administrative leave by the city’s mayor last week.

University Heights Mayor Louise From confirmed Tuesday that she placed Lyon on administrative leave on Jan. 15. From said she could not disclose why Lyon was placed on leave.

“This is a personnel issue, therefore, I am not in a position to discuss further at this time,” she said.

From on Jan. 19 sent a letter to other law enforcement agencies in Johnson County, as well as the Joint Emergency Communication Center, informing them of her decision.

Sgt. Nate Petersen has been tapped to serve as interim police chief, From said in the letter.

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