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Riley County Law Board
Riley County Law Board
The Riley County Police Department is unique in that it is a consolidated law enforcement agency. Riley County does not elect a sheriff, and the officers of RCPD have county-wide jurisdiction. This is different from most agencies due to the fact that most cities in a county have their own local law enforcement officers and are also served by a sheriff's department. In contrast, the Riley County Police Department serves all of the communities within Riley County as well as the county residents. This arrangement provided unique legal challenges to the State of Kansas, and several statutes were adopted to make the consolidation of agencies legal, most notably is K.S.A. 19-4427.

The Riley County Law Board is an oversight committee that brings accountability of the Riley County Police Department closer to the citizens of Riley County. The Law Board approves RCPD expenditures and is responsible for the hiring or firing of the director of the Riley County Police Department. The Law Board provides suggestions and direction to the RCPD director.

The law board is made up of two City Commissioners from the City of Manhattan, one City of Manhattan citizen at-large, the Riley County Attorney, one Riley County Commissioner, one citizen at-large from Riley County, and a citizen at-large that rotates every two years between Riley County and the City of Manhattan.

For non-policy related matters, see the RCPD Community Advisory Board.

Meetings:
Meetings of the board are usually held on the third Monday of each month at noon in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. The Law Board meetings are televised on Cable Channel 3.

Current Members:
  • John Matta, City At-Large (Chair)
  • Dave Lewis, County At-Large (Vice Chair)
  • Barry Wilkerson, Riley County Attorney (Secretary)
  • Robert Boyd, Riley County Commissioner 
  • Wynn Butler, City At-Large
  • Richard Jankovich, Manhattan City Commissioner
  • Ron Wells, County (Rotating)


Interested in being a member of the Riley County Law Board? Fill out an interest form.