The Paso Robles police chief is taking a leave of absence, the city manager tells us.
City Manager Jim App says Chief Lisa Solomon sent out an email late last week saying she would be taking leave effective Monday, March 12. She indicated she would return to the police department on March 22.
In Chief Solomon's absence, Captain Robert Burton has been assigned to takeover her roll, according to App.
App says he can't speak to the reasons Chief Solomon is taking a leave of absence. But in late January, an article published by Cal Coast News described sexual misconduct allegations against the chief. In early February, an officer with Paso Robles Police Department filed a lawsuit against the city, saying he was subject to illegal ticket quotas. Most recently, questions about the public's safety have surfaced, as the city is forced to operate with 14 fewer officers than it did in 2007.