Press Release: Update Regarding the City of Junction City Police Department

The City has received a number of inquiries about the status of the Police Department after the recent announcement of Chief Lamb’s departure.

In late February, upon learning of workplace concerns, the City engaged a third-party to interview employees, review information and determine whether City policy had been violated. As is standard practice during this type of process, the City placed individuals on paid administrative leave as a precautionary measure – to reduce the possibility of incidental contact between the parties and alleviate any concerns about intimidation and/or retaliation.

City policy governing personnel matters requires that confidentiality be maintained to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances. Although we understand the desire to for details pertaining to the concerns, the information gathered and the third-party’s determinations, maintaining confidentiality is necessary to ensure employees will report any concerning conduct in the future. Prompt reporting is key to prompt resolution and aligns with the City’s strong desire to maintain a positive work environment for all of its employees.

Captain of Investigations Cory Odell and Captain of Operations Kirt Nichols are covering the duties of the Chief of Police until an interim is named or a suitable candidate can be found.

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