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University of South Alabama police chief placed on leave

USA Police Chief Zeke Aull
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Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 10:31 AM CDT
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The University of South Alabama police chief has been put on paid leave pending an investigation, the school said Wednesday. Capt. Phil Fishel will be serving as interim police chief during this period.

FOX10 News has learned Chief Zeke Aull has been accused of sexual harassment by a contract employee of the department.

That’s according to a source with knowledge of the allegations. The source also confirming the employee is claiming Aull violated university policies regarding pay, hiring of contractors, use of student workers, as well as unauthorized remote work.

The university offered few details.

“University Police Chief Zeke Aull is on administrative leave pending the resolution of a personnel matter,” the school said in a statement. “The University has no other comment as this time.”

Aull, who has been the campus police chief since 2010, declined to comment. He earns $101,333.31 a year.

The university sent an email to the campus community Wednesday indicating that some had received a spam email from “University of South Alabama News” with the email address news@southalnews.com.

“The email was not from the University of South Alabama,” the school stated. “The email included factually incorrect information. It included a statement attributed to the University of South Alabama that was not released by the University.”

FOX10 News is working to get more information on this story.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. to include a no comment from Chief Aull.

Updated at 5:53 p.m. to include a further statement from the university about a spam email sent to some in the campus community and the interim chief.

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