Strawn at 1:20 p.m. told The Chronicle that Hutchings
was reinstated shortly after 1 p.m.
Neither the City Council nor City Attorney Mark Erickson was made aware of the mayor's plans to place Hutchings on leave.
Strawn notified Hutchings
through an email, sent at 9:52 a.m.
The Council was notified when Hutchings
, at 10:37 a.m., forwarded them the email.
After assuming his
reportedly processed the report and handed it on to the prosecutor, who dismissed the claim.
Last summer, Strawn hired Hutchings as the chief of police.
A long-time law enforcement official, Hutchings was employed by the Olympia Police Department from 1985 to June of 2012.
Hutchings' experience includes patrol, managing training teams and serving on a SWAT team.
was a Fulbright Scholar and spent three months in the United Kingdom doing research about the effectiveness of critical incident stress debriefings.