Oakboro police chief under investigation, placed on leave

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.