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Springfield Police Chief Placed On Leave

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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.

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

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. 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. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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