Youngtown police chief put on leave with support from force

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Youngtown's police chief has been placed on administrative leave after nine officers on the town's police force submitted a letter of no confidence.

The letter cited a hostile work environment, lack of leadership and emotional instability.

Town Manager Lloyce Robinson placed police chief Kimberly Johnson on administrative leave Wednesday until an investigation into the allegations is completed.

Robinson noted confidence in Johnson's abilities citing her handling of several personnel issues and her exemplary performance on those.

Robinson added she knew there were concerns from the police staff and that a third party was brought in to interview the officers and herself.

The 42-year-old Johnson became police chief on July 1, becoming the first woman in the town's history to fill the spot.

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