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


John Matula (Courtesy Photo/Herington Police Department)

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

Herington Police Cheif John Matula resigned a day after he was served summonses following a KBI investigation.

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).

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, John V. Matula, 36, the Herington Police Chief, was ordered to appear in Dickinson County District Court for alleged criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.

Curtis M. Tyra, 43, the Herington Assistant Chief, 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 claims 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 that the situation came as a result of a misunderstanding of the property maintenance code, and says “the situation will be used as a growing opportunity”.

Herington Police Department has already begun to place an emphasis on officers having a complete understanding of the Property Maintenance Code.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the suspected crimes are misdemeanors and are believed to have occurred on May 18, related to Matula and Tyra forcing entry into a residence without a search warrant.

The investigation is ongoing.

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