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CALIFORNIA CITY — A second city official has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into unspecified allegations is completed.

Public Works Director Craig Platt was placed on leave on Wednesday, Mayor Chuck McGuire said.

McGuire noted it is common to place public officials on paid administrative leave when allegations are being investigated, and the action should not be taken as confirmation of any allegations.

Reports from Bakersfield news outlets late Thursday stated Platt was under investigation by the Kern County District Attorney’s office, but McGuire could not confirm this.

The Kern County District Attorney’s office had no comment when asked to confirm if Platt was under investigation by that office.

Platt has been public works director since 2014.

On April 29, the City Council announced that City Manager Robert Stockwell was being placed on paid administrative leave during a city investigation into unspecified issues that arose during his performance evaluation, held in closed session.

Stockwell was first hired on an interim basis in November 2017, then given a three-year contract by the City Council in March 2018. This was his first performance evaluation under that contract.

While Stockwell is on administrative leave, his executive assistant, Anna Linn, is serving as interim city manager.

There was no word Friday on who would serve as interim public works director while Platt is on leave. City Hall was closed.

agatlin@avpress.com

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