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Toms put on administrative leave
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The recent chaos in the city of Rincon's police department has spread to the administration. City Council voted unanimously during Monday's special called meeting to place City Manager Donald Toms on administrative leave.

As with most investigations, more information has come to light, said Mayor Ken Lee.

"More information came out, spread into other areas and has expanded into the administration," Lee said. "To be consistent, we placed Donald Toms on administrative leave with pay."

After voting to continue former police chief Michael Berry's appeal hearing to Nov. 17, city council went into executive session for more than three hours. At one point, they asked Toms to leave the room, and then pulled him back in about 40 minutes later to address the allegations brought forth.

During the closed meeting, the raised voice of a councilman could be heard outside council chambers.

"I find this amazing that it has come to this point," the councilman exclaimed.

In response, Toms could be heard responding to the allegations.

If this has been going on for months, then why hasn't anyone come forward before now, he asked.

"Where's the proof?" He wanted to know.

About 20 minutes later, City Council asked Toms to leave the meeting again while they decided on a course of action.

Following their vote to place him on leave, Council also presented the allegations brought forth during the investigation within the police department.