Falkville police chief placed on administrative leave

FALKVILLE, Ala. – Falkville Police Department Chief Chris Free is off the job due to an ongoing FBI investigation.

City Council decided at its Monday night meeting to put Free on paid administrative leave, Mayor Ken Winkles said. Winkles would not say what the investigation pertained to and referred WHNT News 19 to city attorney Larry Madison.

Madison said in a statement that Free is the subject of an FBI investigation that has been pending for months. The mayor and council members have been getting questions about the investigation, Madison said, so the council voted Monday afternoon to place him on leave.

“For the town’s protection and that of Chief Free, as well as public confidence pending the present investigation, the Council deemed it best to take this action,” Madison said.

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