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Carbondale Police Chief Jon Reed announces his resignation at the city council meeting April 18.

Susie Whalen
| Reporter

CARBONDALE—New Carbondale City Council members were immediately confronted with issues in the police department before they could be sworn in last week. Just as the April 18 council meeting began, the police chief resigned, a part-time officer was fired and another officer was appointed as acting chief.

Prior to newly elected council members Ashton Traphagan and Alex Zerbe being sworn into office that night, the council convened a closed session meeting as the night’s business was gearing up to start.

Upon return to open session, Carbondale City Council Member George Reed said, “I will make the motion that officer Dan Trechter’s services are no longer required by the city of Carbondale. And the city hall, as well as the mayor and the city council, have removed his name from the payroll effective immediately. The Kansas Peace Officers will also be notified that he is no longer employed by the city of Carbondale.”

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