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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2007 4:54 pm | Updated: 5:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Mesa police commander was placed on paid suspension last week as the department began an internal affairs investigation into his conduct.

Mesa police Chief George Gascón said David L. Ashe, a 30-year veteran of the force and a commander since 2001, is under investigation for “performance related” issues.

“Right now, we’re in a fact-finding mode,” Gascón said.

He said there does not appear to be any criminal wrongdoing or issues of sexual harrassement.

Ashe did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Ashe is in charge of the emergency services division, which includes the aviation section, counter-terrorism and the violent felon squad. He was assigned to his home with pay starting July 13.

Gascon said he wants to see the investigation completed quickly but did not elaborate on any allegations against Ashe.

Detective Chris Arvayo, department spokesman, said commanders earn between $92,000 and $124,000 a year. Commanders are below only Gascón and assistant chiefs.

Mesa has nine sworn commanders who oversee more than 800 officers.

One commander is set to retire July 31 and another recently retired, Arvayo said.

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