Springfield police chief placed on leave due to investigation

Lt. Matt Neiwert will be acting chief.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 7:33 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2021 12:36 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield Police Chief Richard Lewis has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The city will conduct an “administrative personnel investigation."

City Manager Nancy Newton made the announcement Monday afternoon to staff. She said the move to place Lewis on leave will protect the integrity of the investigation. 

Lt. Matt Neiwert will be acting chief.

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