Scottsboro interim police chief on paid administrative leave following arrest

Northeast Alabama
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UPDATE: Scottsboro Interim Police Chief Ron Latimer was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday following his arrest Saturday night in Guntersville.

The report says Ron Latimer was booked into the jail on September 5th and charged with operating a vessel under the influence.

Captain Scott Matthews will be handling any administrative duties until further notice, according to the department.

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala – Ron Latimer was booked into the jail Saturday night, charged with operating a vessel under the influence. His bond was set at $1,500. Information on the jail website shows he was released at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the Marshall County jail roster.

According to the Scottsboro Police Department Facebook page, Latimer was appointed interim police chief June 1st.

Latimer has worked for the Scottsboro Police Department since 1992, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

News 19 contacted Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton for comment on the arrest. The mayor defended Latimer’s character saying saying he is a 20 year veteran of the police department and has an outstanding record.

Shelton says they spoke Sunday morning on what the arrest process was and some concerns he had.

“He is not on administrative leave at this time. Unfortunately, people want to presume you’re guilty till proven innocent,” Shelton told News 19.

Shelton said that Latimer is taking some personal time off and when he returns they’d review the situation.

The mayor says the arresting agency did not conduct a field sobriety test. Shelton did not say why. The mayor added the Latimer was operating a friend’s boat, who was also on board Saturday.

News 19 reached out to the Scottsboro Police Department for a statement and was told no one can respond to our request until Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday.

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