Kansas police chief resigns, ordered to court for alleged criminal trespass

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DICKINSON COUNTY (KSNT) – A Kansas police chief ordered to appear in court for alleged criminal damage and criminal trespass has resigned.

The police chief and assistant police chief of the Herington Police Department were served summonses following an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). The KBI says it involves the two men forcing their way into a residence without a search warrant on May 18.

Herington Police Chief John Matula (Courtesy City of Herington)

On Wednesday, the KBI said Chief John Matula, 36, was served a summons to appear in Dickinson County District Court for alleged criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. Matula resigned Thursday.

The Herington Assistant Chief Curtis Tyra, 43, was also ordered to appear for alleged criminal trespass.

According to the Herington City Manager Branden Dross, Matula’s resignation will be in effect as of Sep. 10. Dross says he will appoint an interim chief while the search for a long-term replacement begins, a process he expects to take between 6 to 8 weeks.

Dross claims the situation came from a misunderstanding of the property maintenance code and said, “the situation will be used as a growing opportunity.”

According to the KBI, the suspected crimes are misdemeanors. The investigation is ongoing.

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