Former Georgetown Police Chief Charged With Official Misconduct

(FLOYD CO.) – Dennis Kunkle, the former Georgetown, Indiana Chief of Police, has been charged with official misconduct after an investigation lasting more than seven months.

Dennis Kunkle, the former Georgetown, Indiana Chief of Police

In September of 2019, Indiana State Police (ISP) Detective Craig Starr was assigned the investigation after Georgetown authorities requested an investigation into possible misuse or misappropriation of department funds.  Starr, a detective with the ISP Organized Crime and Corruption unit, was assisted by a forensic examiner from the Indiana State Board of Accounts.  Among the findings, the investigation and subsequent audit revealed over $8,000.00 in tow-in fees that were not deposited with the town clerk-treasurer as required.  

At the conclusion of the investigation, a special prosecutor received the findings, and on Thursday, charged Kunkle with Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony, with the predicate offenses of Failure to deposit public funds, a class A Misdemeanor, and Conversion, a class A Misdemeanor.

On Thursday, the Senior Prosecuting Attorney assigned to the case by the appointing Judge also requested a summons be issued for an initial hearing.