Webster said that rank is set by civil service rules, but the chief can put whomever he wants in command of the various divisions.
"You want to fit people according to rank as much as possible," he said. "Regardless of rank, I make the placements of where everyone works. You try to do it commensurate with rank."
The investigation is being conducted by the division's two commanding officers, to keep from putting the division's investigators in a conflict, Webster said.
"They [the investigators] work together so closely, this looks to me to be more objective," he said.
Webster said it is routine to place officers on administrative leave while accusations against them are being investigated. There is a distinction to be made between officers placed on administrative leave and officers who have been suspended, he said.
Officers can be placed on administrative leave for a number of reasons. Officers are suspended only after they have been found guilty of wrongdoing, he said.
White could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
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