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Houston Defends Williams, Buscher; Dismisses Idea of Leave
Houston Defends Williams, Buscher; Dismisses Idea of Leave

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston doesn’t think top police brass should be put on leave during the ongoing file shredding investigation.

Houston joined WTAX’s Ray Lytle to dispute calls for Chief Robert Williams and Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher to temporarily step aside, noting it’s not Springfield’s investigation.

“The city’s police department is not investigating this,” said Houston Wednesday afternoon. “It is the state police doing the investigation. If someone has information, they’re going to take it to the state police.”

Houston wouldn’t rule out a period of leave entirely, noting that the investigation’s conclusions could prompt action — depending on the outcome.

The Illinois State Police department is investigating allegations the department shredded internal affairs files that were requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The action is also the subject of a lawsuit.