Taneytown chief of police placed on administrative leave

March 14, 2002

Taneytown police Chief Gregory S. Woelfel has been placed on paid administrative leave for 21 days, effective March 8, Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr. confirmed yesterday.

"This is a personnel issue. He is still employed at this moment," Heine said, adding, "We will be prepared to make a statement" after the 21 days.

Woelfel has led a force of eight officers who provide police service to the town of about 5,000. Reached at his Frederick County home yesterday, he declined to comment.

The mayor appointed Woelfel, then a lieutenant in the department, to the job nearly two years ago.

He succeeded Chief Melvin Diggs, who retired after a dozen years.

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