Tuscumbia mayor places fire chief on leave

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood placed Tuscumbia Fire Department Chief Rodney McAnally on paid administrative leave Monday, citing an investigation from the state fire marshal.

The investigation into McAnally stems from his time as fire chief in Littleville, Underwood said.

“This is not meant to be punitive, but instead allows Chief McAnally the opportunity to focus on his case while restoring our department to a more efficient operation without the distraction this type of investigation creates,” Underwood said in a news release.

Alabama Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen confirmed the investigation previously but declined to provide any more details.