Spring Hill has fired its police chief, who had been on administrative leave, and frustrated residents continue to hear no explanation from the city.
Richard Mann had been police chief since 2011 in this town of 5,500 that straddles the Johnson County and Miami County border.
The city announced the city council's decision late last week with the same message as when it announced in early May that Mann was on leave — no explanation and a note asking that all questions be addressed to interim City Manager Jim Hendershot.
Hendershot, reached by The Star, issued no comment.
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In April, Mann was listed among 20 candidates who had filed for a vacant police chief position in Alaska. He applied for the Petersburg Burough chief position, which serves a cluster of islands in southeast Alaska.
Mann was not selected as one of the six finalists for the post, Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht said.
Residents of Spring Hill have been responding on social media as both supporters and detractors of the chief want more information.
The city is describing the situation as a personnel issue, and governments have the right to keep certain personnel matters private under Kansas law.
"This city needs to do a better job of letting the community know what's going on since we live here and all," one poster said on Facebook.
"Taxpayers have a right to know," wrote another.
"Oh for the love of Pete just say it," another said.
The city announced that Lance Wipf will be the interim police chief.