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University of Utah Chief of Police on administrative leave and under investigation

Posted at 10:26 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 18:46:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah police chief is on administrative leave and under investigation less than a year after he was hired.

Chief Rodney Chatman was asked not to come to work this week, University of Utah spokesperson Chris Nelson said Thursday.

FOX13 News Utah learned concerns about Chief Chatman were forwarded to P.O.S.T, the Department of Public Safety’s office that oversees police officer training and certification. Concerns were later forwarded to the Utah Attorney General’s office for review.

“There are multiple investigations involving multiple agencies but we can’t comment further,” wrote attorney general spokesperson Richard Piatt in an email to FOX13.

Chief Chatman came to the University of Utah in February 2020 from Dayton, Ohio. His hiring was seen as a significant step as the U improved its approach to safety following the campus murder of Lauren McCluskey.

Chief Chatman could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.