A senior Central Scotland Police officer is on leave while a complaint against him is investigated.
Assistant Chief Constable John Mauger was appointed to his post with the force 18 months ago.
A spokeswoman for the joint police board confirmed that a senior officer was on leave.
She added: "Interim management arrangements have been put in place by Central Scotland Police. No further comment will be made at this time."
Ass Ch Con Mauger, 48, was appointed by Central Scotland Joint Police Board in 2009.
He moved to Scotland from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in London, where he was on secondment from Essex Police as temporary Assistant Chief Constable.
During his time with Essex he had served as a divisional commander and a counter-terrorism, public order and sporting events commander.
In his current role he has responsibility for all operational policing in central Scotland, including the three area commands and crime management.
When asked about the investigation and allegations, a spokeswoman for Central Scotland Police said: "It is inappropriate to comment. The matter is in the hands of the joint police board."