Geneva Police chief is on paid leave

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GENEVA, N.Y. — The Geneva police chief has been put on paid leave. According to the Geneva city manager, Chief Matthew Colton started his paid administrative leave on Jan. 5.

City manager Amie Hendrix released the following statement:

“On January 5, 2024, Police Chief Matthew Colton began paid administrative leave pending a personnel investigation. There has been no discipline implemented at this time, nor are any disciplinary charges pending, and this is not a suspension. During this time of absence, Lieutenant Ronald Eveland will be serving in the role of Acting Police Chief. I am confident that the men and women of the Police Department will continue to support the City as they are led by Lieutenant Eveland while he serves in this temporary role. We remain committed to providing our staff, residents, and visitors of the City of Geneva welcoming and safe spaces to live, learn, work, and play.”

Hendrix would not say if this decision was made by her alone or by a City Council vote.

News10NBC has reached out to all City Council members and only heard back from a few.

City Council Member Chris Lavin said, “We haven’t been informed of the background on this personnel move, but that will be addressed early next week.”

Colton, a longtime member of the force was promoted to chief last July. He has been with the department since 2008.

When News10NBC reported on his swearing in back in July, the department said both community members and an interview panel were impressed by Colton’s communication skills and dedication to build trust. He was chosen out of six candidates.

The Ontario County District Attorney says his office is not involved at this time.

This is a developing story.