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Leaders at BCPD on administrative leave during investigation of inappropriate relationship

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Little leadership is left, after top brass at the Battle Creek Police are put on paid administrative leave.

Multiple police sources have confirmed to Newschannel 3, Internal Affairs Inspector Maria Alonso and Deputy Chief Jim Saylor are on paid administrative leave. Sources say they're being investigated for having an inappropriate relationship.

Deputy Chief Jim Saylor tells Newschannel 3, he has not been told why he is on paid administrative leave.

We've learned from multiple police sources, this is an old investigation that's been re-opened. It alleges, Deputy Chief Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso had an affair and lied when they were confronted about it.

Multiple police sources tell Newschannel 3 about a year ago, city commissioners filed a formal complaint for the city to investigate an inappropriate relationship between Inspector Alonso and Deputy Chief Jim Saylor

Our sources say one of those commissioners included Dave Walters, who is now Mayor. The retired Battle Creek sergeant told Newschannel 3 during an interview, change is needed within the BCPD.

"There is a certain culture if you will that exists and probably wthin most pd of just certain things are allowed because hey were the police," said Battle Creek Mayor Dave Walters.

Police sources also tell Newschannel 3 former city manager Ken Tsuchiyama and retired Battle Creek Police chief Jackie Hampton concluded he relationship did not violate city policy.

There have been many shake-ups since the new city commission took office in January.

Interim Chief Jim Blocker told Newschannel 3 during an interview the day he was appointed to the post, there is a lot the department needs to work on.

"We all know we stubbed our toe more than once. That's water under the bridge its time to move on  move forward lean into our internal challenges and address some of the external perception challenges that we have. These are leader problems, therefore they're my problem," said Interim Chief Blocker.

Despite repeated calls and e-mails, the interim police chief and city manager say they will not comment on what is happening until a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 on air and at wwmt.com for the latest on this developing story.