A Galveston Police Department lieutenant is on administrative leave after a conduct complaint was made against him, a department official said.
Lt. Clinton Stevens was placed on administrative leave Tuesday, Galveston Police Chief Richard Boyle said.
Boyle said Stevens was placed on leave after the department received a complaint about him.
The complaint is not a criminal complaint, Boyle said. An officer on administrative leave does not report to work or perform police duties while the complaint is being investigated, Boyle said.
Later Tuesday, a department spokesman said a Title VII complaint had been lodged against Stevens.
Title VII refers to a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or retaliation.
The complaint would be investigated by the police department’s internal affairs division, not the city’s human resources department, Capt. Joshua Schirard said.
Stevens oversees a shift of the department’s patrol division, Schirard said. He oversees 21 officers during a shift.
Stevens declined to comment.
Stevens is a board member and spokesman for the Galveston Municipal Police Association, the union that represents the city’s police officers. The union has caused waves on social media in recent weeks through a series of Facebook posts critical of city management and police staffing levels, and linking those issues to a perception that crime is rising in Galveston.
The union is also involved in negotiations with the city over the police pension plan, which is out of compliance with state guidelines.
Hours after Stevens was put on leave Tuesday, a photo of a part of the Texas Local Government Code that prohibits coercion of a police officer in connection with a political campaign was posted on the association’s Facebook page.
Boyle denied that Stevens’ situation had anything to do with the posts or other actions taken by the police association.