Hillsboro police chief placed on paid admin leave

Details scarce; Daniels tapped as interim lead

By David Wright - [email protected]



Hillsboro Police Chief Darrin Goudy has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to city officials, and Systems Administrator Eric Daniels has been tapped as interim chief.

Hillsboro Law Director Fred Beery on Thursday confirmed that Goudy is on paid administrative leave, but said he did not know any further details.

“I don’t know anything about the matter, why he would be off or anything like that,” Beery said. “I just know I have to tell the judge who’s boss.”

Beery said Daniels, a longtime police officer currently acting as the city’s systems administrator, will act as chief in the interim.

“He handles all of our computer work,” Beery said, adding that Daniels is “certainly capable” of serving as the chief.

Beery said he does not know how long Goudy will be on leave and directed further inquiries to Hillsboro Safety and Service Director Mel McKenzie, who declined to comment.

Mayor Drew Hastings said via text message that Goudy was placed on administrative leave “a couple days ago,” but declined to comment further late Thursday morning.

Goudy could not be reached for comment.

As previously reported, Goudy was hired in November 2017.

According to online biographical information, Goudy began his law enforcement career in 1997 after graduating from the Sinclair Community College Police Academy.

He served as a police officer for the Village of West Alexandria Police Department while working for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and later became an officer with the City of Union Police Department, where he served for 14 years as a lieutenant.

According to the Union Police Department website, while Goudy was employed there as a patrol officer, he “solved more crimes and is credited with more felony convictions than any other in this department’s history.”

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Details scarce; Daniels tapped as interim lead

By David Wright

[email protected]