Initial Hearing Scheduled For Martinsville Police Chief Canceled

(MARTINSVILLE) – The initial hearing scheduled for March 15 for suspended Martinsville Police Chief Matthew Long has been canceled.

His attorney, John Kautzman, filed a motion Friday to waive the initial hearing and special Judge Valeri Haughton, from Monroe County, granted the request. No additional hearing dates have been scheduled.
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Court documents say Chief Long is charged with theft and official misconduct. Officials say Chief Long used his computer for banking three and a half weeks of sick days which he was not entitled to and cashed them out for $1,530. A State Board of Accounts audit released discovered that payment and a much larger one for nearly $6,800 in unearned overtime pay.
Attorney Kautzman released a statement saying Long denies the allegations and at no time did he “intentionally engage in any criminal or knowingly improper conduct.”
The 40-year-old Long was placed on paid leave in January. He was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27 and was released on his own recognizance.