In a press release issued by Town of Quartzsite this afternoon, Taft states Sgt. James Schultz is acting Police Chief until the return of Chief Gilbert or an appointment of an interim Chief.
According to the press release, "There will be no reduction in the number of patrol officers and the police department will be able to respond to the needs of Quartzsite residents while this investigation is ongoing."
"It is the policy of Town of Quartzsite not to reveal the nature of uninvestigated and unproven allegations. The placement of Chief Gilbert and Sergeant Garcia on administrative leave was done purely to facilitate a speedy investigation and not as a form of punishment."
"The Town urges the public to treat both Chief Gilbert and Sergeant Garcia as innocent of any wrongdoing while the investigation is ongoing."
Desert Messenger reached out to Taft for comment, but has not received any further comment.