Interim Scottsboro Police Chief on paid administrative leave following DUI

Scottsboro chief to be placed on administrative leave

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WAFF) - Major Ron Latimer, Interim Police Chief for the City of Scottsboro, will be placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of Saturday’s DUI arrest on Lake Guntersville.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Latimer was booked Saturday night at 10:47 p.m. He was released from jail on a $1,500 bond Sunday morning at 8:20 a.m.

Captain Scott Matthews
Captain Scott Matthews (Source: Scottsboro Police)

Now, Mayor Robin Shelton said the city plans to place Captain Scott Matthews in charge of the department while an internal review is conducted.

WAFF talked with a captain with the Scottsboro Police Department Sunday and he says they’re not going to comment right now since this is not their investigation.

Steve Guthrie with the Marshall County sheriff’s office tells us it was ALEA marine patrol who made the arrest Saturday night.

Everyone we talked to who’s heard of Ron Latimer says he is a well respected man. He stepped in as Scottsboro’s Police chief in June after Ralph Dawe retired to run for city council.

Saturday night, Latimer was arrested for operating a vessel under the influence.

“Everybody makes mistakes, and we need to hear his story too,” says Pat, who lives in Hollywood.

Pat, who didn’t want to give a last name, says she doesn’t think the charge against Latimer should cost him his job.

“Wonderful person, wonderful person and just because he made this one mistake, his career shouldn’t be ruined,” Pat said.

Pat also tells us she thinks Latimer may have been targeted.

“He may not have been, I may be totally out of line on that. But I just feel like it’s just strange that he was caught.”

Matthew Smith, who goes to church in Scottsboro, says regardless of Latimer’s position, we all need to follow the same rules.

“Sad for me to hear something like that, especially someone who’s in a public office to do something like that. I know people like to enjoy the weekend and have fun but everybody has to be responsible.”

Latimer has been with the Scottsboro Police Department since November 1992.

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