The Mooresville Police Department announced Police Captain David Call has been placed on administrative leave.
Interim Town Manager Ryan Rase placed Call, supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division, on administrative leave with pay, according to officials. It was previously released that Police Chief Damon Williams has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
The action concerning Call “is solely a personnel matter and was not based on any allegation or suspicion of criminal activity”, according to a release from the town of Mooresville.
Call is also a retired State Bureau of Investigations agent.
Williams was placed on leave Monday afternoon upon completion of approximately 70 interviews by a third-party agency investigating claims of a hostile work environment at the police department, according to officials.
Mooresville Tribune reporter Kate Stevens reported the following on Williams’ leave Monday night:
During a phone interview Monday night, Interim Town Manager Ryan Rase said these interviews concluded Monday. Based on the details and recommendation by this third-party agency, U.S. ISS Agency of Huntersville, Rase said he informed Williams of the decision to put him on administrative leave around 4 p.m. that day.
“He actually was pretty ok with this from the standpoint that this wasn’t something that just popped up overnight,” Rase said. “We’ve been going through this process since February.”
A voice mail and text message left on Williams’ cell phone was not returned Monday night.
This action was taken pending the final review of the internal personnel investigation, according to an email sent by Kim Sellers, public information officer for the town of Mooresville.
Rase said the investigation started as a hostile work environment complaint and then branched into other areas. He could not comment further because the final interviews had just been concluded Monday.
Rase estimated Williams could be on paid administrative leave until the end of July or early August when the formal investigation report should be completed.
Until then, Deputy Chief Gerald Childress will lead the police department, Rase said.
Rase will address the police department Tuesday and said “we’re going to start putting the plan together on how we turn this ship around.”
The police department “didn’t get the way it was” based on one individual, Rase said and added everyone has a role in putting the department back together, including himself.
To read more on the decision concerning Williams, continue reading Stevens’ story here.