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.

The paid leave comes almost two years after Anderson signed a "last-chance agreement" as a result of previous infractions, according to documents from the city.

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

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

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," police Chief Greg Jones said.

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

The writer claimed anonymity because of Anderson's "position of power and willingness to use that for his personal gain."

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

Anderson has faced discipline before, according to city records.

He was put on 30 days of unpaid leave in November 2013 after failing to show up at a special-duty assignment at L Brands, Jones said.

"He was supposed to work a special-duty job and had a given location to be at and he did not go there," Jones said. "He went to his home and he was subsequently disciplined for that with a 30-day suspension."

Anderson's discipline in 2013 was for "failure to perform a special-duty assignment for which he was paid, a violation of department directives 5.3.35 Unbecoming Conduct; and for twice working more special-duty hours in one week than what is permitted, a violation of department directives 7.1.4 Hours Worked," according to city documents.

On Dec. 27, 2013, Anderson also signed a "last-chance agreement" in effect for two years.

"It is basically an agreement that he entered into with the city that said he was being put on notice that any future infraction during the time frame of the agreement could cause him to be dismissed, and it limits his options to appeal that agreement," Jones said.

The agreement also required Anderson to repay L Brands for the time he was supposed to have worked. Further, it said Jones would review Anderson's schedule and required Anderson to work with a consultant to review his management skills, take two ethics classes and agree to follow all department policies.

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.

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