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Police chief, captain placed on admin. leave

November 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Costa Mesa police chief and a police captain have been placed on administrative leave, and city officials are not saying why. Police Chief Chris Shawkey has spent 29 years in law enforcement, most of it in Phoenix.

He took over the department about four years ago when he was chosen from more than 40 candidates.

Police Capt. Ron Smith has been with the department for almost 30 years.

The city manager said their departure involved a personnel matter that was confidential.