Oakboro police chief under investigation, placed on leave

Published 1:30 pm Monday, December 20, 2021

Oakboro town officials confirmed Monday morning that police chief T.J. Smith has been placed on paid administrative leave.

T.J. Smith

According to Town Administrator Doug Burgess, the town placed Smith on leave Dec. 14. He confirmed an investigation was ongoing, but could not comment to the specifics of the investigation or who was conducting it.

Capt. Craig Richards is the acting chief of police while the investigation continues.

Smith has been chief of the Oakboro Police Department since August 2016.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored four times by the North Carolina Press Association.

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