Pinal Co. sheriff puts 2 on command staff on paid leave

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FLORENCE, Ariz.. -- Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced Wednesday that he has placed two members of his command staff on paid administrative leave for allegations that he described as "serious in nature."

Babeu says the incidents are not related.

He says Cmdr. Joe McAuliffe has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an administrative review of the results of an audit and investigation regarding allegations of deception and failure to disclose pre-employment information.

Babeu says Lt. Kaye Dickson has been placed on paid administrative leave after a complaint was filed involving allegations of possible criminal wrongdoing as well as internal policy violations.

He says the complaint has been referred to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for investigation and recommendation.

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