Westminster police Chief Tim Carlson is taking a paid leave of absence as the city investigates concerns raised about the police department’s workplace environment.

In a letter addressed to the public, City Manager Donald M. Tripp wrote Monday that the city has asked a third-party consultant to assist its human resources department to “conduct a review of the police department’s internal workplace environment.”

Tripp did not elaborate on the nature of the issues that prompted the leave of absence.

Deputy Chief Norm Haubert will be the city’s acting chief, a role he started Monday.

“Chief Haubert has served our city for over 20 years and knows the needs of our community,” Tripp wrote.

The letter did not mention a timeline for the investigation or how long Carlson will be on paid leave.

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