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UPDATE: Henderson police chief placed on unpaid leave

Posted: 11:16 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-05 15:02:45-04
Henderson Police Chief LaTesha Watson is on administrative leave, authorities say.
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE APRIL 5: Chief LaTesha Watson was placed on unpaid administrative on April 4. No other information about the future of the police chief is available at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY
Chief LaTesha Watson was placed on administrative leave nearly two weeks ago with no official reason given, but newly obtained documents show Watson was under multiple investigations involving Henderson's police unions for months.

An independent investigator hired by the City of Henderson recommended Watson be disciplined for violating multiple policies related to union matters and professional standards.

"This wasn't just a reformer, but a rule breaker, in my opinion," said Henderson Police Officer Association, and Henderson Police Supervisor Association representative Rick McCann.

According to documents obtained by 13 Investigates, Watson was embroiled in what is described as a 'war' with the police unions.

The documents from the investigators note Waston "sowed seeds of mistrust" among police union members and made it nearly impossible for members to conduct business in confidence.

The investigator recommended Watson to be disciplined for a number of policy violations.

"Everything from insubordination, to continued efforts of union busting, and creating the disharmony that existed and still exists to some extent within the department," said McCann.

According to a published report, Watson told The Las Vegas Sun newspaper she wondered if her race and gender played a role in what she claims is her apparent dismissal from the police department.

The report says Watson was escorted out of her office and had to surrender her building access key card nearly two weeks ago.

13 Investigates has repeatedly attempted to reach Watson for comment but requests were not returned.

Acting Chief Thedrick Andres, also listed in the same workplace grievances as Watson, remains with the Henderson Police Department.

As of Tuesday, a Henderson spokesperson said Watson is listed as an employee.

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