Florence Police Chief Confirms Employee’s Demotion

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Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler spoke Wednesday afternoon during a news conference. He said one of his employees has been demoted from Captain to Sergeant, but did not name the employee. (Photo: Matt Kroschel, WHNT News 19)

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A high-ranking officer in the Florence Police Department has been demoted, officials said Wednesday.

Police Chief Ron Tyler spoke about the matter Wednesday afternoon.  He confirmed one of his employees has been downgraded from Captain to Sergeant.

Chief Tyler said the matter stemmed from an incident at a crime scene on July 19.  Officers were investigating a murder at Central Avenue and Connor Street.

Tyler would not discuss specifics of what happened with the employee at the scene, but said the murder investigation was not compromised in any way.

He did not name the employee. 

Tyler said this was a disciplinary matter, and the first thing he did was put the employee on paid administrative leave.  The employee was demoted and had five days to protest the action.  Tyler said the employee did not fight it.

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