UPDATE: Trego County BOE president resigns after gun, drug arrest

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WAKEENEY, Kan. -- The president of a western Kansas school board has resigned after being arrested on gun and drug charges.

Trego County Board of Education President John Reeder was arrested Thursday at his Wakeeney home on charges of possession of marijuana, criminal use of a firearm and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school

On Friday, Reeder resigned his position, effective immediately. In a release issued by the school district, Reeder wanted the board and community members to know that he wasn't admitting guilty but didn't want the the charges against him to distract the board of education from its business.

Trego County USD 208 Superintendent Dr. George Griffith also released a statement, saying, "I am a firm believer that all members of the school district should be held to the same standards related to their actions regardless if it is a student, teacher, administrator, or even a school board member."


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The board of education president for a western Kansas school district has been arrested on drug charges, officials said Thursday.

Sheriff Richard Hanks confirmed to KAKE News that Trego County BOE President John Reeder was arrested at his Wakeeney home Thursday afternoon on charges of possession of marijuana, criminal use of a firearm and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

Hanks said that the 52-year-old had also been convicted of possession of marijuana in 1985.

No bond amount was listed on the sheriff department's website.

Hanks provided no further details and referred all other questions to the district attorney's office.


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