FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
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Bellevue Police Chief Placed on Paid Administrative Leave
Assistant Police Chief Patrick Arpin to Serve as Acting Police Chief
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Thursday, Aug. 2.
Following standard City of Bellevue policy, the city took this action due to allegations reported to the Bothell Police Department against Chief Mylett. The report stems from an alleged incident in Bothell more than one year ago.
Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake has appointed Assistant Police Chief Patrick Arpin to serve as acting police chief.
“Whenever there is a criminal investigation underway involving a police department employee, it is our policy to place the employee on administrative leave,” Miyake said. “We took immediate action when we learned of the allegation. The City of Bellevue takes such allegations very seriously. To ensure a fair and thorough process for everyone involved, we will not provide further comment prior to the completion of the internal and external investigations.”
In addition to the Bothell Police Department’s investigation, the City of Bellevue will conduct an internal investigation, led by the Human Resources Department and City Attorney’s Office, with assistance from an outside investigator.