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March 14, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Port of Seattle police chief accused of “screaming” at underlings

Port of Seattle Police Chief Colleen Wilson, who was brought in five years ago to bring order to a department tarnished by an e-mail scandal, has been placed on administrative leave following allegations she was heard “screaming” at subordinates.

Wilson said on Wednesday  her leave will continue until the investigative process into allegations against her are resolved.

The allegations of wrong-doing came not from rank and file officers, according to KING TV, but from other members of  management staff who claimed the chief could be heard “screaming” at subordinates from down the hall.

Wilson, who previously led police departments in Sumner and Monroe, said that anytime people work together, conflicts can arise.  Investigations  like the one currently under way is one way such conflicts they are resolved, she said.

Wilson said her leave began last week, and while she does not know how long it will last, she expects to be exonerated and back on the job soon.

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