Integrity issues place Kimball Police Chief on administrative leave

Kimball's Police Chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into integrity issues. Mayor James Schnell told KNEB News Mark Simpson was placed on leave March 15th pending the results of the inquiry by the city attorney, city administrator, and the Mayor.

Schnell says the catalyst for the investigation was a letter from Kimball County Sheriff Harry Gillway regarding what the Mayor called "suspicious fallacies." Gillway told KNEB News there were "things brought up that didn't ring true". Gillway added "sometimes these things need to be put out in the open" and he found it necessary to put them in writing. Gillway had sworn in Simpson as an unpaid deputy but says he removed Simpson's badge, explaining he "could not work with him anymore."

As Police Chief Simpson was also a member of the Wing Task Force Advisory Board. The chairman of that board, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman, told KNEB News Simpson was removed from the Board at their February meeting. Overman confirmed the issues were about "integrity and honesty".

Mayor Schnell says the investigation will continue until they "get answers that would lead to reinstatement or some other action." Captain Darrin Huff is in charge of the Police Department in the interim.

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