Truant-Prone Local Top Cop Given Paid Timeout

The police chief in Ripley has been suspended with pay for 30 days pending the results of an internal investigation, WBBJ Channel 7 in Jackson reports.

The story is vague on the specific allegations against Police Chief Landis Garrison, but cites an unnamed city official who says Garrison was accused of spending too little time on the job.

The troubles were brewing as early as November, when the Ripley Board of Aldermen voted to hire a human resources expert to conduct an investigation, according to My Fox Memphis.

Online message boards were active around that time, with some commenters pointing to recent indictments of other Ripley police officers as a reason for leadership change. In October, the Commercial Appeal reported that three current or former officers were indicted on charges ranging from vandalism to official oppression, a felony offense.