Edwardsville fire chief placed on administrative leave, pending internal investigation

EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. - Fire Chief Kevin Schuler is on paid administrative leave while Edwardsville city leaders conduct an internal investigation.

City Manager Michael Webb told 41 Action News he could not disclose the reason for the internal probe, saying it’s a personnel matter. However, Webb said it is not a criminal situation.

The administrative leave began Thursday afternoon when police informed Schuler of the investigation, took his building keys and cell phone and escorted him from his office at fire headquarters.

Webb said a complaint from another city employee sparked the internal investigation. Currently, Schuler is the only employee on administrative leave.

Bob Wing, business manager of the International Association of Firefighters Local 64, told 41 Action News his phone will likely be ringing off the hook all weekend. Local 64 represents firefighters in Edwardsville and Kansas City, Kan.

“We don’t have all the facts right now and we’ll wait for those to come out,” Wing said. “But it’s disturbing when you have the chief of the fire department on administrative leave.”

Schuler was promoted from deputy chief in March. He has been with the department since July 2002.

This story will be updated as 41 Action News gathers additional details.

Ryan Kath can be reached at ryan.kath@kshb.com. You can follow him on Twitter or connect on Facebook .

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