Parker Police Chief Rodney Mendoza was placed on administrative leave before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled council meeting, Mayor Dan Beaver told the audience at the meeting.
The announcement was made at the prompting of councilman Jerry Hooper after two members of the public got up to speak during Call to the Public. Both accused Mendoza of harassing Lorrie Thompson and expressed dismay at the apparent lack of action by the Town in response.
Beaver also stated, “There is an ongoing investigation at this moment, not only by DPS but by our own HR Department, and there are two people working on it and I want the public to know that.”
An injunction against harassment brought against Mendoza by Thompson, the wife of a Parker police officer, earlier this month was dismissed last week by a Lake Havasu City court due to insufficient evidence. Thompson says she plans to appeal.