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.