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Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel

The City of Cleveland has replaced its police chief after his first official day on the job.

Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel said in a release this afternoon that she will serve as head of the police department effective immediately. It was not immediately clear what will become of former chief Dennis Maddux.

Sunday was Maddux's first official day on the job, though he's been acting chief since January.

On Saturday, Maddux was found in a car with the wife of one of his officers before that officer was arrested, according to an affidavit.

Casteel is appointing Capt. Mark Gibson to assist her with day-to-day operations at the Cleveland Police Department, she said in the release.

Casteel will act as Cleveland's fourth police chief in just more than a year. She said she intends to ask the city council to form a committee to review the organizational structure and policies of the police department.

Maddux replaced David Bishop, who took over in December 2013 but went on medical leave in October. Gibson acted as interim chief until Maddux was named to the position.

The chief shuffle began with the abrupt retirement of longtime chief Wes Snyder at the end of 2013. Snyder retired after video footage surfaced showing him trysting with a woman not his wife at a warehouse storage unit in Cleveland.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Times Free Press for more details. 

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