SPD Chief Lindley placed on indefinite administrative leave

November 22, 2013 6:33:02 PM

Carl Smith - [email protected]


Aldermen placed Starkville Police Chief David Lindley on indefinite administrative leave Friday after the board met for almost an hour behind closed doors. 


Former Assistant Chief John Outlaw will fill the position in the interim until so ordered by the board. His pay was set at $38.22 per hour. Outlaw retired from SPD in 2010 after joining the department in 1979. 


The board approved the personnel move in a 7-0 vote, Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed after the meeting. City officials, aldermen and the mayor declined to comment on the matter, citing the nature of personnel moves. 


Although the board gave no reasoning behind the move, its motion points at an internal city investigation involving Lindley. Besides handing over his city-issued vehicle, Lindley was also ordered to have no contact with SPD personnel during administrative leave. 


Lindley was unavailable for comment after the board meeting. 


The Dispatch will have more on this story in Sunday's edition.

Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch