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Escalante's Only Police Officer Under Investigation

A rural town in Southern Utah has, at least temporarily, lost the area's only police officer.  Escalante Mayor Jerry Taylor confirmed Thursday that Police Chief Kevin Worlton has been placed on administrative leave with pay as of Jan. 12.

The Utah Attorney General's Office is conducting an unspecified investigation involving Worlton.  Taylor said he doesn't know why Worlton is under investigation. Garfield County sheriff's deputies are policing the town during the investigation.

Worlton came to Escalante last April from the police force in South Jordan.  It's uncertain whether the investigation involves his work while in Salt Lake County or after taking over in Escalante.