Director Rallings under 14-day self-quarantine, MPD says

WATCH: Director Rallings under 14-day self-quarantine, MPD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is under 14-day self-quarantine because of recent international travel, according to the Memphis Police Department.

The department would not say where he traveled. But photos showed Director Rallings with the Memphis in May delegation in Ghana earlier this month.

MPD Director under 14-day self-quarantine
MPD Director under 14-day self-quarantine (Mickell Lowery/Mickell Lowery)
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FOX13 learned the director may be out of the office but he is still on the job.

A Memphis Police Department spokeswoman told FOX13 he is in constant contact with the command staff while under self-quarantine.

Director Rallings has not been seen in public lately as crime is down and the pandemic has captured the headlines.

FOX13 began asking the department about the director’s public absence on March 17.

FOX13 Investigative Reporter Greg Coy asked if he had traveled to Ghana and would he self-quarantine because of the coronavirus.

We were told he was out on his own personal time and that the city does not discuss employees’ health records.

Multiple sources confirmed to FOX13 that Rallings made the trip to Africa with the Memphis in May delegation that included Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

The county mayor returned, and said he talked to county health officials who he said there was no concern about his health.

Deputy Director Mike Ryall is running the police department in Ralling’s physical absence. He is a 36-year veteran.

FOX13 was told the two men talk constantly by phone and email.

We are working to find out when the self-quarantine period for Director Rallings will end but I have learned it could be April 4, which is next Saturday.

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