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Cottage Grove Police Chief, Captain on leave amid investigation

City of Cottage Grove
Scott Shepherd, center left, at an unrelated Cottage Grove City Council meeting on June 13.

Cottage Grove’s Police Chief and Captain are on paid leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

According to The Cottage Grove Sentinel, Chief Scott Shepherd and Captain Conrad Gagner have been off-duty since July 29.

No information is available about the cause of the investigation or a timeline for its completion. In the interim, former Sherwood Police Chief Jeffrey Groth is leading the department.

Nathan Wilk is a freelance reporter and former reporting intern. He began in radio at a young age, serving as a DJ and public affairs host across Oregon. He is a senior at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.