Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney has confirmed he will return to his job overseeing the 53-officer department Monday, five months after his sudden suspension.
But the mystery behind his unexplained forced departure continues, though Whitney’s attorney confirmed Saturday his client has been cleared of “any alleged wrongdoing.”
Falls Township officials have not publicly revealed the reason they placed Whitney on paid administrative leave on April 26, beyond that they planned to investigate the “regarding performance of his duties.”
Whitney confirmed Friday that he will be returning as police chief Monday. He declined to comment further on the circumstances of his leave and return.
“I am returning to my duties as chief of police,” Whitney said in a text message. “I look forward to continuing my service to the community of Falls Township and working with the men and women of the Falls Township Police Department.”
In a statement released Saturday, Whitney’s attorney, Scott Pollins, said his client was cleared following an outside legal investigation.
“Falls Township hired the law firm of Campbell Durrant PC to investigate allegations of wrongdoing made against Chief Whitney,” Pollins said in the statement. “Representatives of Campbell Durrant performed a thorough and comprehensive investigation and no wrongdoing was found on behalf of Chief Whitney.”
The statement did not specific what acts Whitney had been accused of and the township has refused to provide either him or his client with a copy of the investigation and its findings.
Township officials have not released any details about its investigation of Whitney, including any findings, the cost to taxpayers and who conducted it.
Falls Township Manager Matt Takita did not