This just in from the City of Kyle chief of staff Jerry Hendrix:
Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers has appointed an acting police chief to lead the Kyle Police Department for the purposes of adjudicating an ongoing civil service matter.
Police Chief Jeff Barnett has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Charles Edge, a former police chief with the Waxahachie Police Department, has been appointed to the position of acting police chief and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the police department until the investigation is concluded.
12:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 6: Hendrix just released this addition to his earlier statement:
As additional clarification, under the Texas civil service statute, all personnel decisions must be completed by the department head. In order to ensure full and complete impartiality, the city manager has placed Chief Barnett on leave due to an ongoing civil service matter for which Chief Barnett is not the subject.
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