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Investigator's suspension extended
Both sides mum on probe
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Forsyth County News

It could be next month before any resolution is reached in the ongoing probe of Forsyth County's chief fire investigator.

Neither Fire Marshal Steve Anderson nor county officials are commenting on his suspension.

Anderson could not be reached and officials have refused to say why he was placed on administrative leave with pay.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said Anderson's suspension, which began March 1, has been extended for up to 20 business days.

Shivers could not comment on specifics surrounding Anderson's initial 10-day leave, but said the full investigative file would be released 10 days after the report has been filed.

According to a statement from the county government, the suspension was taken in accordance with the county employee handbook.

The guide allows employees to be suspended "while certain workplace matters are reviewed and an administrative investigation is conducted."

It also asserts that administrative leave "in no way suggests that the employee has been found to have violated any workplace rule or otherwise committed any wrongful act of any kind."

Anderson's employment with the fire department began Jan. 3, 1995. His base salary is $71,434.42.