Joseph Lopeteguy

Joseph Lopeteguy

Kern High School District Police Chief Joseph Lopeteguy has been placed on paid administrative leave, district officials confirmed Friday.

Lopeteguy was placed on leave May 13, however officials would not discuss why, citing it as a personnel matter. Lt. Jerald Wyatt is acting KHSD police chief in the interim, KHSD spokeswoman Lisa Krch said.

Lopeteguy was hired in 2008 as a campus police officer before being promoted to chief in October 2015. In his position, he leads a staff of 22 uniformed officers who patrol each of the district's 18 campuses, plus a command staff of four others.

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