Deputy under investigation, placed on administrative leave

POMEROY, Ohio – A Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave and is under investigation.

The exact circumstances of the deputy being placed on paid administrative leave has not been officially released or commented on by the Sheriff’s Office, however, the Meigs Independent Press has learned the alleged questionable activity relates to time the deputy was supposed to be working, and was not actually working.

Deputy Leif Babb was placed on paid administrative leave effective Monday, March 6, 2017 and will remain so until the investigation is concluded according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

Sheriff Wood did not comment on the allegations. He neither confirmed nor denied them. Sheriff Wood did say Deputy Babb is “being investigated” and that investigation is “ongoing” at this time.

“The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate,” Sheriff Wood said.

Sheriff Wood said they were “in the process” of the investigation and that process takes time. Sheriff Wood said he wanted to see that Deputy Babb was treated fairly as well as the citizens of Meigs County his office serves.

“The integrity of my office is highest,” Sheriff Wood said of his priorities to serve the people of Meigs County and added he wants to make sure his deputies are doing what they should be, doing the job right for the people.

The Meigs Independent Press will update this story as more information becomes available.