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KCK chief's retirement comes after criminal probe

KBI investigated Zeigler for double dipping
Posted at 6:04 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 21:54:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Terry Zeigler's retirement announcement Wednesday comes after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation looked into the chief's deal to rent a taxpayer owned lake house.

At issue was Zeigler taking paid time off as chief while getting paid for labor, materials and gas mileage to fix up the lake house.

The KBI turned over its investigation to Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree in May.

To date, Dupree has not publicly stated what the KBI findings are or what he plans to do with them.

The investigation was done at Dupree's request.

However, Zeigler says his decision to retire has nothing to do with that investigation.

"The house deal, ya know, the KBI sat down with me and my attorney. They said that I have done nothing wrong. There is no probable cause for misdemeanor or felony charges," Zeigler said Wednesday. "The investigators at the Attorney General's office are aware of that. The files are in the District Attorney's office."

Local activist Janice Witt filed a complaint about Zeigler's lake house deal last year.

"I think that whatever prompted him to make this retirement move has a whole lot less to do with the fact that it was a great time for him and more to do with the fact that the community is rising up and we're saying no more corruption," she said.

In November, Zeigler told the 41 Action News investigators he would stay at the lake house until he retired at least.

But he gave no indication at that time the retirement would be anytime soon.

Zeigler's last day as chief is September 11.

That day comes before his lease expires at the lake house at the end of the year.

A Unified Government spokesman says Zeigler can stay at the house until his lease expires.

But, he says beyond that point, no decision has been made.