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Georgetown police chief resigns, charged with official misconduct

Georgetown police chief resigns, charged with official misconduct Georgetown police chief resigns, charged with official misconduct

Georgetown Police Chief Dennis Kunkel resigned April 24, just days before the Indiana State Police announced he has been charged with official misconduct.

The ISP investigation, launched in September after the Georgetown Town Council received allegations and evidence of financial misconduct, lasted more than seven months.

ISP Detective Craig Starr was assigned the investigation. Starr, a detective with the ISP Organized Crime and Corruption unit, was assisted by a forensic examiner from the Indiana State Board of Accounts. Among the findings, the investigation and subsequent audit revealed more than $8,000 in tow-in fees that were not deposited with the town clerk-treasurer as required.

At the conclusion of the investigation, a special prosecutor received the findings and, on Thursday, charged Kunkel with official misconduct, a Level 6 felony, with the predicate offenses of failure to deposit public funds and conversion, both class A misdemeanors.

Also on Thursday, the senior prosecuting attorney assigned to the case by the appointing judge requested a summons be issued for an initial hearing.

“It is the town council’s intention to seek a new town marshal and will immediately move forward with that process,” said the council through its attorney, Kristi L. Fox. “The town is committed to continue operating its police department and to providing police protection to the residents of Georgetown.”

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