Kingman police chief resigns after seven months on job

Kingman’s chief of police, Clint Thompson, resigned Friday after seven months on the job. He is the third chief to resign in less than a decade.

City attorney Greg Graffman confirmed Thompson’s resignation, but would not give any further details.

Graffman also confirmed that another officer resigned Friday for personal reasons. The officer’s name has not been released.

Phone calls to Thompson were not immediately returned. Attempts to reach city manager Emily Graf were also not returned.

Thompson, a Udall native, was hired in August to replace interim chief Capt. David Lux, who took over after Marc Holloway resigned last January.

Lux remains with the department, but there is no word on who will take over as interim chief.

Holloway resigned as the result of an investigation conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Former city manager Frank Soukup was fired in January by the City Commission as a result of the Holloway situation.

“There are still other issues regarding the situation (out there), but we don’t have the information to come to a conclusion,” then-Mayor Liz Madden said in a February 2014 article in The News.

The investigation was not made public. No formal charges resulted from the KBI investigation.

Holloway had replaced longtime police chief John Braden, who pleaded guilty in May 2008 to charges of domestic violence arising from an incident with his then-girlfriend. He subsequently resigned from his post as police chief after being suspended. Braden served three days in jail and six months on probation.