A Knox County Jail sergeant is on paid leave after being arrested earlier in the month for operating under the influence.

Glenn A. Burns, 47, of Thomaston was placed on administrative leave following his OUI arrest on the afternoon of April 15 in Thomaston by Thomaston police, according to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Burns was released on $300 unsecured bail after he was arrested and taken to the jail, according to court records.

Sheriff Dennison said that an internal investigation will be done on the matter and will be presented to her at which time she will decide whether disciplinary action will be taken. The sheriff said Burns is allowed due process as outlined in the labor union contract and that he can appeal any recommended action that she decides on to the county administrator and then to the county commissioners.

This is the second time that Burns has been placed on administrative leave in less than two years.

In 2009, he was placed on extended paid administrative leave during an investigation into a charge of domestic stalking that had been filed against him, the sheriff confirmed. A woman named as the alleged victim in the case had also received a temporary protection order from the court against Burns.

In November 2009, Burns pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct through offensive words and gestures, according to records in Knox County Superior Court. He was fined $500 on the disorderly conduct conviction. The stalking charge was dismissed and the protection order dropped.