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Bull Shoals police chief put on leave

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 17, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

BULL SHOALS — The mayor of Bull Shoals said the town's police chief has now been placed on administrative leave.

Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. He had remained working in a limited capacity, but Mayor Bruce Powell said Wednesday that the chief is now on leave.

The Baxter Bulletin reported that Powell notified council members in a letter this week and also said Officer Michael Tovar would serve as acting chief. The letter did not elaborate on why Sutterfield was placed on leave.

Last week, a federal magistrate ruled that Sutterfield could be freed from jail as long as he lived with the mayor.

Sutterfield is next due in court May 6.

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2531USMC says... April 17, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.

I am surprised that he wasn't placed on Admin leave the moment he was charged.

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Pobucker says... April 17, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

well, he IS living with the mayor...

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YoungHog says... April 17, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.

The 2 living together is a bit abnormal..

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cliffcarson says... April 17, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Why would a Federal Magistrate let that creep live with the Mayor as a means to be free? And he was not moved out of his job pending anything, he continued to work as the Sheriff after he was arrested until the public outcry got too loud. Seems that I smell three blind mice.

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