An investigation into allegedly inappropriate behavior by Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey should be complete within a week, Bellevue City Administrator Dan Berlowitz said Thursday.
Berlowitz said Stacey was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday afternoon after allegedly making “inappropriate” remarks to someone at a Bellevue fire station on Monday. Berlowitz declined to specify the nature of the remarks, at whom they were directed, or the fire station at which the incident occurred.
He said the remarks were witnessed by multiple people.
Interviewed by the Bellevue Leader at his office at City Hall Thursday morning, Berlowitz said the allegations against Stacey have nothing to do with financial impropriety and are not connected to an ongoing scandal in the City of Gretna, where former City Administrator Colleen Lawry is facing felony theft charges.
Stacey has been barred from city property and ordered not to talk to city employees for the duration of the investigation, Berlowitz said.
He said the investigation will be led by City Attorney Pat Sullivan and that the results should be available in about a week.
Berlowitz said that any decision on discipline must await the outcome of the investigation.
Should the investigation conclude that no discipline is necessary then no action will be taken, he said.
Asked whether Stacey could be fired, Berlowitz said he is far from making any such decision.
Nevertheless, he said, any time an employee is placed on paid administrative leave, “the level of seriousness” is high.
Stacey has served with the Bellevue Police Department for more than 30 years and has served 39 years with the old Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department, 14 of those as chief.