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Mooresville Police Chief Placed On Paid Leave

Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams was placed on paid administrative leave Monday following an investigation of a hostile work environment.

The Mooresville Tribune reports that Interim Town Manager Ryan Rase says the investigation also branched into other areas, but he would not go into specifics. There is no suspicion of criminal activity, according to a news release.

Rase says Williams will be on leave until at least late July, when a formal report is expected to be completed.

The town’s board of commissioners Monday night increased the contract with the company conducting the investigation, from $50,000 to $225,000.

But Williams did have public support at the meeting. The Tribune reports several people urged the town to keep Williams because he’s helped improve race relations. One was William Conrad, a former chaplain for the police department.

“If Chief Williams leaves, you haven’t heard the last of us,” he said.