League City police on leave, denies ticket quotas

November 11, 2011 8:56:07 AM PST
A Houston-area police chief who denies having traffic ticket quotas for officers has been put on administrative leave with pay and will leave.

League City police Chief Michael Jez has a year left on his contract, which pays $125,000 annually.

Interim City Manager Rich Oller on Thursday advised city employees that the police chief has been put on leave, following a council vote Tuesday night.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that city officials are working on a separation agreement with the chief. Jez has cited a "widening philosophical gap" with city council members over running the department.

A police union official had alleged that Jez has ticket quotas. Prosecutors who reviewed the matter declined to take any action.

Assistant police Chief Gary Ratliff will be acting chief.