Lowell Police Chief Steven Bukala has been on unpaid leave since June 14 as part of a criminal investigation, but officials say he will "keep" his job.

Bukala was placed on leave after being charged with 5 misdemeanors for the unauthorized use of a computer system available to police across the state.

City manager Mike Burns says since the incident happened before Bukala became chief, and because it involved a personal issue with the chief's ex-wife, he will not be dismissed.

Bukula will return to work once the court case is settled.

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