UPDATE: No charges filed against former Kansas police chief

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KINGMAN, Kan. -- No charges will be filed against a former Kansas police chief.

Former Kingman Police Chief Marc Holloway resigned on January 3 after the KBI completed an investigation that was prompted by the city. The exact details of that investigation were never released.

Holloway had been on paid administrative leave since November prior to his resignation. The KBI report was submitted to the city in late December with no recommendations for charges.

In an email to KAKE News Tuesday night, Holloway said:

"This morning it was brought to my attention that this investigation has been concluded. After being judged publicly, with no way of defending myself, I am glad that the citizens finally have access to the truth. I would like to thank all of those in the community who have supported me. "

Today, City of Kingman Attorney Gregory Graffman also released a statement:

"The Kingman City Atttorney's office received several investigative reports from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in late December 2013. The KBI reports pertained to investigations of former Kingman Chief of Police, Marc Holloway. Since the City Attorney's office would have a conflict of interest in reviewing these reports for possible criminal charges, a special prosecutor was asked to review all of the KBI reports. Attorney Michael Johnston of Johnston, Eisenhauer & Eisenhauer in Pratt, Kansas was asked to serve as special prosecutor for these matters. After reviewing all of the KBI materials submitted, Mr. Johnston has declined to file any charges against Mr. Hollowy. The matters involved the KBI investigation and issues related to Mr. Holloway are concluded in this office. The Kingman City Attorney's office has now closed this case. No further statements will be made concerning this matter."

The Kingman city police chief has resigned following the completion of an investigation of the chief by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

City Manager Frank Soukup says Marc Holloway, Kingman police chief since 2008, submitted his resignation Friday January 3rd.

The city manager says the KBI sent their completed investigation report to the city of Kingman in late December.

Special Agent Mark Malick says he can't talk about the investigation but says the report was sent without any charging affidavit which he says means no formal recommendation of charges. Malick says that's not uncommon.

But the city manager says charges are possible.

City Commissioner Dick Neville says the report is about three inches thick including some 40 pages of emails and text messages.

Neville says the city hired a Pratt attorney to give a legal opinion on the KBI report. City Manager Soukup says the city wanted someone outside the county to look at it so as to avoid any possible conflict of interest.

When asked what this is all about, Commissioner Neville says, "A girl friend. Our city chief went through some hard times. He spent a lot of time on the job when the Seacat trial was going on."

Neville acknowledges the "rumor mill" has been active about the now former chief, rumors he says led to the KBI investigation.

Holloway had been chief since 2008 having been promoted to the position about six months after being hired as a patrol officer.

City Manager Soukup says he put Holloway on paid administrative leave in late November while the KBI investigated.

Mayor Liz Madden says, "The commissioners have been left in the dark and we're not happy about that. I don't like the public not being told. I think this has been handled improperly."

Commissioner Charlus Bishop says there are a lot of rumors and untruths flying around about this. Bishop says, "It's time to close the book on this and move on."

The City Commission has a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening. The city manager says he expects the commission to discuss this personnel matter in executive session again in the Thursday night meeting.

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