An outside agency has begun investigating charges of “impropriety” concerning Goodyear Police Chief Jerry Geier, Deputy Chief Justin Hughes and two other police employees, according to city spokeswoman Tammy Vo.
On Oct. 7, Geier, Hughes were placed on paid administrative leave “due to recent allegations of impropriety,” according to Vo.
Vo confirmed Monday that Geier and Hughes, as well as five-year veteran officer Kyle Cluff and administrative service manager Susan Petty remained on leave.
The city would not say which agency is handling the investigation.
The West Valley View submitted public records requests for Goodyear’s guidelines for handling both internal and external investigations of police department employees.
At press time, the information had not been provided.
Geier will continue to draw his weekly $3,610 check; his annual salary is $187,735.
Hughes, hired April 3, 2006, continues to draw his weekly $1,965 check; his annual salary is $102,177.
Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord has not replied to questions regarding her confidence in the Goodyear Police Department.
Councilman Brannon Hampton answered questions about the police department on Friday, Oct. 18. “I’m still very supportive of our police department. I support them and trust them,” Hamtpon said.
“I still think they’re doing a great job.”
He added that he does not know the details of the allegations.
“We don’t know what the investigation is going to show,” Hampton said.
“I look forward to the results of the investigation. We don’t know that there was any wrongdoing at all.”
According to an email Vo sent Oct. 8, “The city of Goodyear values the public’s trust and takes these types of accusations seriously, and is committed to conducting a thorough review.”
Vo said city management put the chiefs on leave. “Staff was notified the same day as well as (the) mayor and council.”