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Springfield Police Chief Placed On Leave

City of Springfield

Springfield Police Chief Rick Lewis has been placed on administrative leave while the city conducts an administrative personnel investigation.

The city has not provided any details on the nature of the investigation. Lewis has been with SPD since 1982. He was promoted to acting chief in 2016 and then chief of police in 2017. Lt. Matt Neiwert will serve as acting chief while Lewis is on leave.

Credit City of Springfield
Lt. Matt Neiwert will serve as acting chief of the Springfield Police Dept. while Chief Lewis is on leave.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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