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Geneva Police Chief Matt Colton on paid leave; Lt. Eveland steps in as acting chief

Matt Colton, the Chief of Police in Geneva, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to City Manager Amie Hendrix.

The specific cause of leave has not been released yet, or confirmed by any city officials.

During Colton’s absence, Lieutenant Ronald Eveland will assume the responsibilities as the acting police chief.


The decision to place Colton on leave follows undisclosed disciplinary actions, according to sources who spoke anonymously with the Finger Lakes Times over the weekend.

Colton, a 16-year veteran of the Geneva Police Department, was appointed as chief in July 2023, succeeding Mike Passalacqua.

His career with the department has included roles as a road patrol officer, detective, and detective lieutenant, specializing in various criminal investigations.