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G'town PD chief, sergeant suspended amid misconduct allegations


September 18, 2019
Georgetown Police Department Chief Denny Kunkel and Sgt. Charlie Morgan were suspended and placed on administrative leave after a Georgetown Town Council vote last Wednesday evening.

Kathy Haller, a member of the town council, said, "We are investigating some alleged misconduct."

Haller directed questions to town attorney Kristi Fox, who would not comment on the nature of the allegations or a timeline of the investigation.

"This is a confidential process," she said.

Fox confirmed that the locks to the police station's doors were changed after the officers' suspension.

Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop said the sheriff's department is not conducting an investigation, but it is aiding the town council in its inquiry.

"(The) Floyd County Sheriff's Department role was to assist the Town of Georgetown in collecting the equipment from the suspended officers and securing it pending the outcome of the investigation," he said.

The probe was initiated by the town council, which requested an investigation be opened by the Indiana State Police, Loop said.

"That process has to start with the Floyd County prosecutor, and I'm not sure that the state police have been contacted yet," he said Thursday. "If so, it would be through (ISP) headquarters in Indianapolis and not Sellersburg."

Sgt. Carey Huls, public information officer for the ISP Sellersburg Post said the post was contacted about the investigation, but as of press time Monday it was not clear whether they have opened or plan to open an investigation.

The Georgetown Town Council had a regular meeting for the month of September on Monday evening after press time.

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