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Alabama fire chief on paid leave during state investigation

January 7, 2020 GMT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama fire chief has been put on paid administrative leave while the State Fire Marshal’s Office investigates him.

The investigation of Chief Rodney McAnally involves his work as fire chief in the town of Littleville — not his time in Tuscumbia, Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood told news outlets.

He said Monday that putting McAnally on leave will let the fire chief focus on his case and let the department operate without distraction.

McAnally did not respond to a private Facebook message sent Monday, asking his comment.

Tuscumbia is the Colbert County seat, and is a city of about 8,400. Littleville is a town of about 990, less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Tuscumbia.

Until March, McAnally was fire chief for both places. WAAY-TV reported that McAnally resigned in mid-March as Littleville’s fire chief, saying the Colbert County Commission asked him to do so. He also was the Littleville volunteer fire department’s only paramedic.