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Developing: Hastings fire chief on leave; city investigating

Hastings Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt is on paid administrative leave, according to the city.

Schutt was placed on paid leave Wednesday, Aug. 30, City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee confirmed.

There is an ongoing city investigation while Schutt is on leave.

John Townsend, assistant fire and EMS director, is taking over fire chief responsibilities during Schutt's absence.

Schutt has been fire chief since 2007.

This is a developing story.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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