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Liberty Hill places police chief on leave following incident in Atlantic City

In February, Liberty Hill Police Chief Maverick Campbell was involved in an incident at an anti-drug conference and has been put on paid administrative leave.

LIBERTY HILL, Texas — On Sunday, Liberty Hill City Council held a special session to discuss what to do regarding an incident involving police chief Maverick Campbell.

The session was called for Sunday night

The executive session, which had no public comment and is not held in front of an audience, started at 3:32 p.m. and ended at 7:11 p.m. Sunday. City council determined Campbell would be put on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation into his actions at the Law Enforcement Against Drugs conference.

Councilmember Kathy Canady said the incident took place on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at the LEAD conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Canady did not go into detail about what the incident was. Both the council's lead counsel and Campbell's lawyer declined to make any comments outside of what was already in the public record from Sunday night's meeting.

Campbell's involvement with LEAD is not new. Two weeks before attending this year's conference, members of the LEAD development team visited Liberty Hill and Campbell's department.

L.E.A.D Executive Director Nick DeMauro and Chief Operating Officer ... John Lindsay on hand to support L.E.A.Der Sgt. Mike Padilla of the Nutley NJ Police for being honored by the NY Guardians and Past L.E.A.D Instructor of the Year Det. Lt. Jim Teehan for leading the Paramus Police Honor Guard onto the field for the National Anthem.

The conference took place at the Hard Rock Casino from Feb. 23 through Feb. 25.

Campbell went to the LEAD conference in 2019, as well, according to a photo posted to LEAD's Facebook page. The 2019 conference was held at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.

L.E.A.D Executive Director Nick DeMauro and Chief Operating Officer ... John Lindsay on hand to support L.E.A.Der Sgt. Mike Padilla of the Nutley NJ Police for being honored by the NY Guardians and Past L.E.A.D Instructor of the Year Det. Lt. Jim Teehan for leading the Paramus Police Honor Guard onto the field for the National Anthem.

After the investigation into the incident ends, the city's human resources director will present the findings to city council. Canady did not make any mention of how long the investigation will last or when the findings will be presented.

City Council voted 3-0-1 in favor of putting Campbell on paid administrative leave. Councilmember Gram Lankford abstained from the vote. Councilmember Steve McIntosh was not present.

In the meantime, city council appointed Lt. Royce Graeter as the acting police chief.

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