Report: Hayward’s police chief placed on administrative leave

HAYWARD | Hayward Police Chief Diane Stuart was placed on administrative leave, according to a report Monday.

No further information is available pending a personnel investigation, said City Manager Kelly McAdoo, according to KRON. Stuart was named Hayward’s top cop in 2011.

Hayward Capt. Mark Knoller was named acting police chief, according to McAdoo.

While the circumstances surrounding Stuart’s (formerly Urban) situation are unknown, her placement on administrative leave is the second such instance among Hayward city leaders over the past few months.

Hayward Superintendent of Schools Stan “Data” Dobbs was placed on paid administrative leave in late June while the school board investigates a number alleged wrongdoings.

In addition, school board member John Taylor admitted this month that he misused school district resources to create signage for his recent City Council campaign.

Then, in August 2015, Hayward Fire Chief Garret Contreras was suspended for drinking on the job.

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