NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Newcomerstown Police Chief Timothy P. Miller has been suspended.

According to Newcomerstown Mayor Steven Guy, Chief Miller was suspended July 24 immediately and indefinitely with pay due to allegations.

"I've started an investigation into the allegations," Mayor Guy said.

He said the allegations were substantial enough to warrant a formal investigation into the matter.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the mayor must conduct an investigation against a village police chief. However, if a hearing is necessary, the matter will be brought before the village council.

In Chief Miller's absence, Mayor Guy appointed former Newcomerstown Police Sergeant Mike Kennedy as interim police chief at 7 a.m. July 26.

"We had a need for another officer to cover man power and cover the day-to-day operations," Mayor Guy said.

However, once the investigation is over, Mayor Guy said, Interim Police Chief Kennedy will no longer be part of the department.

Chief Miller was hired as a full-time patrolman in the village in November 1994. He was later promoted to chief of police in December 2003.