Crime & Courts

Prosecutor asks court to dismiss perjury case against former Halstead city administrator

James Hatfield
James Hatfield Courtesy photo

The Harvey County attorney has asked the court to dismiss a perjury case filed against Halstead’s former city administrator, saying there is “insufficient evidence to proceed with these charges.”

David Yoder, in a news release sent Thursday, said the decision to halt prosecution of James Hatfield came after “a detailed examination of facts of this case.” Hatfield was facing a felony charge of perjury accusing him of failing to disclose to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training the reason former Halstead Police Chief Steven Lewis retired. The alleged crime date is in December 2015.

Hatfield’s employment with the city of Halstead ended Oct. 24, the city said Thursday. He was placed on paid administrative leave after the allegations arose. Hatfield could not be immediately reached for comment.

Lewis, the former police chief, pleaded no contest in February to two misdemeanors involving theft of ammunition. His charges arose after a KBI investigation found he endorsed and deposited into his personal bank account checks meant to reimburse the city of Halstead for ammunition he ordered for private individuals in 2012 and 2013.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker