Police have opened an investigation into alleged misconduct at the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

The organization’s board of directors contacted police Friday after looking into allegations involving an employee, the Chamber said in a written statement issued Tuesday afternoon. The board first learned of the situation Sept. 24, the statement read.

“It’s an open investigation. We can’t comment on it at this time,” Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman told the Journal Review.

The employee was suspended Saturday, the Chamber said. Officials declined further comment on the investigation, citing confidentiality reasons.

“The Chamber recognizes that there will be substantial information and speculation out in the public arena regarding these matters, and the Chamber requests that the privacy and confidentiality of all involved be respected,” the statement said.

The investigation comes as the Chamber searches for a new executive director, following the resignation of Rick Hernandez in August. An interim director was handling day-to-day operations during the search.

The Chamber said Charlie Warren would temporarily lead the organization as the search continues.

“Our plan is to proceed with the hiring process,” board president Phil Littell told the Journal Review.

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