Luther Police Chief Tony Walker was put on paid administrative leave following a special meeting of the Luther Town Board Wednesday evening. Town officials are not saying much about the surprising move beyond what was written on the meeting’s special agenda “regarding an investigation into allegations of falsification of payroll records, and potential litigation.”
Walker was named chief in May following the abrupt resignation of former Chief David Randall. He joined the department in 2017 and is the most senior member of the force that includes five full time officers currently, plus a school resource officer.
Earlier this week, Chief Walker submitted monthly data for August showing police officers issued 106 tickets and warnings for the month and responded to a burglary, threats, traffic, drugs and other traffic related calls.
Mayor Jenni White said the Town is moving toward bringing in an outside consultant to help the “police department function at a higher level of organization.”
Another town board meeting on the matter is expected next week.