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Probe into Wetumpka chief, deputy chief enters new phase

Chief Deputy Crenshaw and Chief Dixon (Source: WSFA 12 News) Chief Deputy Crenshaw and Chief Dixon (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The probe into Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon and Deputy Chief Anthony Crenshaw has entered into a new phase.

Legal counsel confirms both received hand-delivered letters from the City of Wetumpka outlining complaints made against them by past and present members of the police force.  The complaints were reportedly given in list form, with no supporting evidence and only instructions to respond in writing or in person.  

In a letter obtained by WSFA 12 News, Crenshaw's attorney, Mickey McDermott, responded to the initial report denying all the allegations lodged against Crenshaw. McDermott is representing Crenshaw on behalf of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association and made a formal request to respond to the allegations in person and in writing.  

In a statement from Dixon and Crenshaw, it appears both received independent letters from the City of Wetumpka, which would force both to give individual responses. 

Dixon and Crenshaw were placed on paid administrative leave at the end of July.

July 22 the Wetumpka City Council voted unanimously to hire a private attorney to investigate allegations against the department's top brass. The timeline was expected to be swift -- two weeks at the most.

City attorney Regina Edwards says the number of past and present officers who met with the investigator forced the city to schedule an additional day for interviews.

"The volume of people coming forward, and the testimony presented and documentation exceeded what we expected," Edwards said. "Therefore, the process is taking longer than anticipated at the beginning."

Dixon and Crenshaw's responses will be compiled into a final report and turned over to Edwards and the City Council.  

"The council will determine if there's substantiation for the allegations, and what would be the official disciplinary action taken, if any," Edwards said.

At that point, the report would be public record. However, Edwards does not expect it to name those who made the initial allegations. Edwards hopes the investigation will be fully resolved in the coming weeks.

WSFA 12 News contacted Edwards to confirm the initial report had been released to Dixon and Crenshaw, but she has not returned our calls.  No word on a deadline for their responses.  

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