Central Kansas police chief who led raid on small weekly newspaper has resigned, official says


October 3, 2023

Marion County Record via AP

This image made from surveillance video provided by the Marion County Record shows Marion, Kan., Police Department confiscating computers and cellphones from the publisher and staff of the Marion County Record, Aug. 11, 2023, in Marion, Kan. The police chief who led the highly criticized raid of the small Kansas newspaper is suspended, the mayor confirmed to the Associated Press on Saturday, Sept. 30. Marion Mayor Dave Mayfield in a text said he suspended Chief Gideon Cody on Thursday, Sept. 28.

TOPEKA, Kan. - The police chief who led an August raid on a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas has resigned, just days after he was suspended from his post, a City Council member confirmed Monday.

City Council Member Ruth Herbel confirmed to The Associated Press that the mayor announced Chief Gideon Cody's resignation at Monday's City Council meeting. The announcement comes days after Cody was suspended for reasons that were not made public, and weeks after a local prosecutor said that there wasn't sufficient evidence to justify the search of the Marion County Record.

Cody did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment about his resignation. The mayor also did not respond to a text and phone call about it. The public announcement of Cody's resignation was initially reported by the Marion County Record and the Wichita Eagle.



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