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UPDATE: Lincoln Police Chief Placed On Paid Leave Has Now Been Terminated

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LINCOLN, Ark.  (KFSM) -- UPDATE:  The City of Lincoln's Mayor Rob Hulse said Saturday (Oct. 27) due to evidence that has developed in the last day it's necessary to terminate Police Chief Brian Key.  No additional comment will be given because the investigation is ongoing.

A later Facebook post says former Lincoln Police Chief Russell Morphis is interim chief.  Morphis confirmed Saturday that he is interim chief, but said he can't comment further.

Key was promoted from assistant chief to chief in August, following the retirement of Morphis.

Original Story:

Lincoln Police Chief, Brian Key, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, according to Mayor Rob Hulse.

Hulse posted the announcement to a city Facebook page late Wednesday (Oct. 24). The post said no further details or comments would be released.

Key has been in his position for almost two months, taking the spot of the former chief Russell Morphis who retired in late August.

Key is a 15-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department. Before his promotion to chief in August, he spent about a year as the assistant chief and serving as a school resource officer.

It's unclear at this time what the investigation will be focused on.

Stay with 5NEWS for this developing story.

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