Sgt. Mark Anderson, a 20-year New Albany police veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 25 after the police department received allegations about his conduct in an anonymous email sent two days earlier.

Sgt. Mark Anderson, a 20-year New Albany police veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 25 after the police department received allegations about his conduct in an anonymous email sent two days earlier.

ThisWeek learned about the leave this month from an anonymous tipster.

The allegations in the Nov. 23 email include "his sexual affairs (and harassment) of employees and others."

"That's something that is obviously very concerning to me and the city, and is something that needs to be investigated immediately. We take that very seriously," said police Chief Greg Jones.

The email also accuses Anderson of stealing on the job, bullying co-workers and drinking and driving.

Jones said an outside investigator would complete the investigation, which is underway.

Jones said he hopes the investigation would be concluded in a timely manner.

Anderson is in charge of the department's communications center and special events. In his absence, Jones said, one of the dispatchers, Elizabeth Lybarger, will serve as acting supervisor of communications.

City spokesman Scott McAfee said Anderson earns an $89,436 annual salary.