TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls city Fire Chief Tim Soule was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 29.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler said Aug. 30 he won’t go into detail out of respect for Soule, but the decision wasn’t connected to any criminal or illegal activity.

The city is conducting an investigation.

Three fire battalion chiefs are overseeing the day-to-day operations of the fire department.

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Rothweiler said he and deputy city manager Brian Pike are available to assist with any long-term decision making.

Soule was sworn in Oct. 17, 2016 as fire chief.

The Ohio native began his firefighting career in the suburbs of Cleveland before moving on to Kalispell, Mont., and then to western Nevada, where he worked as a deputy chief in his last job before being hired on in Twin Falls.

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