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Guilderland places chief on unpaid suspension

At a press conference this afternoon, Guilderland Supervisor Kenneth Runion announced that the town has placed police chief James Murley on an unpaid suspension.

In placing Murley on suspension, Runion said the allegations against Murley include misconduct regarding interaction with a vendor, violations of the town's ethics law with respect to his interaction with town employees, and misconduct in his maintenance of attendance and leave records.

Runion would not release any further details about the allegations citing confidentiality laws that protect town employees who are under investigation.

Prior to his unpaid suspension, Murley had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 8 following a complaint on Feb. 5 from the head of a town department.

At that time the town retained Claudia Ryan, an attorney, to investigate, and during the course of her investigation she uncovered further misconduct.

The town has asked the state police and the Albany County district attorney's office for cooperation in the investigation.

Read more on this story in the March 14 edition of the Guilderland Spotlight.

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