JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – The Jacksonville Police Department Chief has been placed on administrative leave, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

The police department shared the following statement:

“The City of Jacksonville administration office received an anonymous allegation against the Chief of Police, Joe Williams. Upon communicating this allegation to Chief Williams, he graciously requested to be placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation within 2-3 weeks in order to allow all voices to be heard without reservation. The City believes that people are the priority. As such we have procured an outside party to investigate the allegation. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, at this time, we are not able to disclose the details of the ongoing investigation. Joe Williams has been the Chief of Police for the City of Jacksonville since January of 2020. He was placed on leave Monday, August 29, 2022.”

Williams has worked in law enforcement for 32 years. He was also deputy city manager and police chief for McKinney. In January of 2017, he became the police chief for the Rusk Police Department.

City staff said details of the allegation cannot be disclosed at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Scott Tyner, a Jacksonville resident, hopes the City of Jacksonville won’t see the effects from this.

“Well I hope that they get to the bottom of it, and that everything turns out good for the city of Jacksonville,” said Tyner.