Former Georgetown police chief faces misconduct charge

A former southern Indiana police chief has been charged with official misconduct for diverting thousands of dollars in auto tow-in fees that were not deposited with his town’s clerk-treasurer, state police said Thursday.

Misdemeanor charges of conversion and failure to deposit public funds also were filed Thursday against former Georgetown Police Chief Dennis Kunkel, police said.

An investigation began in September after Georgetown authorities requested that police check into potential misuse of funds. The investigation and a State Board of Accounts audit revealed more than $8,000 in auto tow-in fees were not deposited with the town clerk-treasurer.

Town attorney Kristi Fox said in a statement that the town board placed Kunkel on paid administrative leave Sept. 11 and asked for the state investigation after it “received allegations and evidence of financial misconduct.”

The statement said Kunkel resigned last Friday. He does not have a published telephone number and could not be reached for comment.

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