** Updated Friday, Aug. 11, at 12:03 p.m.
Sealy Interim City Manager Warren Escovy issued the following statement:
"Police Chief Chris Noble was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Aug. 8, 2017, per the Sealy Police Department’s Policy and Procedure Manual. The City is taking all steps to ensure that inquiries into the matter be conducted professionally, fairly, and expeditiously; therefore, we will retain the services of an outside investigator.
Currently, the City is refraining from discussing the investigation because we want the process to retain complete integrity and not be compromised by speculation or the release of incomplete information.
The City Council has complete confidence in the Department, our officers, and the job they do. The Sealy Police Department continues to provide outstanding service to protect and preserve the safety of this community."
Chief Noble declined to comment.
** Original story, published Aug. 10 at 5:01 p.m.
Sealy Police Chief Chris Noble was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 8, Interim City Manager Warren Escovy confirmed late Thursday.
Escovy declined to comment on the reason for the suspension or how long it will last. An interim chief was to be sworn in on Thursday afternoon, but “it got delayed,” Escovy said. He declined to comment further.
The Sealy News has spoken to Chief Noble and Mayor Janice Whitehead about the matter. Both have declined comment at this time.
Stay tuned to The Sealy News website and Facebook page for more details as they become available.