Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas is apparently the subject of an internal investigation and has been placed on paid administrative leave until that investigation is complete. Sgt. Charles Kettle is serving as acting police chief.
Assistant city manager Glen Black declined to provide any other details. "I'm going to be tight-lipped about this," he said last Friday. "This is a personnel matter."
He also declined to say why Commander Jesse Cox, the department's second-in-command, was not named interim police chief.
"Again, that concerns a personnel matter," he said.
Delta Mayor Ed Sisson said the investigation is related to an issue he shared with the city attorney. "I don't know how it will resolve itself, but I do know we're in good hands. We're going to be okay. This is just something that needs to be checked out."
There is no criminal investigation, "to my knowledge," Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said.
Thomas has served as police chief since April 2008. At the time of his hire, he had been in law enforcement for 24 years, all with the Boulder City Police Department in a variety of capacities.
He did not return a phone call to the DCI.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.