Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao announced late Thursday that Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong has been placed on paid administrative leave.

“The decision was not taken lightly, but we believe that it is critical for the safety of our community that we build trust and confidence between the Department and the public,” Thao said. “We must have transparency and accountability to move forward as a safer and stronger Oakland.”

“Oakland and its Police Department have taken the negotiated settlement agreement very seriously and undertaken a number of steps to improve our systems for accountability and transparency,” Thao added. “As part of that resolve, we have to hold officers accountable when they violate the public trust.”

In 2022, Oakland retained an independent law firm to investigate alleged misconduct by Oakland police personnel as well as the department’s investigation into that misconduct. The city received reports Wednesday, from Clarence Dyer and Cohen LLP, and understands that additional findings are forthcoming.

Thao’s office said this remains an ongoing personnel matter “and as such the City and its leadership are not at liberty to comment further at this time.”

Effective immediately, Oakland Police Assistant Chief Darren Allison will serve as acting police chief.