Elias Johnson, a public information officer for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday.
The PCSO, according to a press release sent out today, is conducting an investigation related to "allegations of serious misconduct brought forward against him by another law enforcement agency."
That's all PCSO is saying.
Tim Gaffney, another spokesman for the sheriff's office, says that no further information will be released until the investigation of Johnson is concluded.
Babeu hired Johnson, a former news reporter for CBS 5, in July 2011.
At the time, Babeu saidhiring Johnson would "help strengthen our relationship with the public by improving public safety and communication. Elias is a well-respected journalist who understands the importance of transparency and accountability in government."
Johnson graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a degree in broadcast journalism. He worked for news stations in his hometown of Iowa for a couple years before taking a job in Phoenix in December 2009.
He was also a Sun Devils' 141-pound wrestler, according to an old bio posted on CBS 5's website.
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