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Branson Police Chief Jeff Matthews.

The city of Branson has placed Police Chief Jeff Matthews and another officer on administrative leave.

City Administrator Cathy Stepp confirmed to Branson Tri-Lakes News Matthews and Sergeant Pat Gray were placed on administrative leave.

“On Tuesday, October 25, both the chief and Sergeant Pat Gray were placed on administrative leave pending an HR investigation,” Stepp told Branson Tri-Lakes News. “We have engaged the services of an outside organization to handle the investigation to ensure the highest integrity and fairness to all involved.”

Matthews was named Branson Police Chief on March 15, 2018, and he began work with the department in April of that year. He replaced former Branson City Administrator Stan Dobbins, who was elevated from Police Chief to City Administrator. Matthews had been serving at the time as Deputy Chief of the Arlington, Texas police department.

Mayor Larry Milton confirmed to Branson Tri-Lakes News Matthews and another officer were placed on leave, but said he could not comment further because it is a personnel matter.

Assistant Police Chief Eric Schmitt has been named acting chief for the department. He has been with the Branson Police Department since July 2017, and has 31 years in law enforcement. He graduated this summer from the ​​FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.



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Why don't they release the cause of the suspension for both officers. The local citizens deserve to know what would cause such a high level position to be suspended. At least that's my opinion. I know we'll eventually learn the reasons but until the we're left guessing and that can possibly create more problems. Communication with the city leaders was promised when running for their position to lead our wonderful city. Just be upfront and release the information.

Dean Witherington

It’s typical today to expect leaks and rumors about news articles. But these men have committed no offense until a jury of their peers agree that such an offense has occurred. The readers deserve nothing except what has been legally agreed to, and that is the facts which have been shared.

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