FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Farmington Police Chief Jim Runnels has been restricted to administrative duty while the city investigates an allegation that he participated in a SWAT event last Sunday evening with the odor of alcohol on his breath.
City Manager Rob Mayes is the one who placed the temporary restriction on Runnels after learning about the allegation Monday. Mayes says a report indicates that Runnels was not suspected of being impaired, but that drinking alcohol prior to answering an after-hours call-out would violate policy.
Details about the incident are limited, but City Councilor Jason Sandel says an initial investigation suggests Runnels, while on duty, showed up at the police mobile command unit with alcohol on his breath.
Runnels did not return a message seeking comment. -
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