Columbia Police Chief Scott asks for indefinite leave of absence

Columbia Police Chief appearing on WACH- Fox News.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia Chief of Police Randy Scott has requested a personal leave of absence for an indefinite period of time.

The news came in a provided statement from the city of Columbia, and does not give any reasons for Scott's request.

City Manager Teresa Wilson talked with members of the media Tuesday afternoon.

"When someone asks for a personal leave of absence then that is exactly what it is," said Wilson.

The City said Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago is now acting Chief of Police during Scott's absence.

"The Chief is still the Chief. He has requested this absence that is granted and now we have his second in command and third in command leading the department and that's where we are and when he returns we will resume back to our normal function," said Wilson.

The City Police operations would continue as normal. Assistant Chief Les Wiser will continue to handle the administrative functions of the Police Department.