NESS CITY — Following an investigation into official misconduct, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple on Thursday.
The KBI initiated an investigation into allegations against the sheriff at the request of the Ness County Attorney, according to a press release from the KBI.
Whipple, 47, Ness City, was arrested at approximately 11:45 a.m. He was arrested for perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon and official misconduct. The alleged crimes are suspected to have occurred in the past four years.
Whipple made his first court appearance in Rush County District Court shortly after his arrest. Ness County Attorney Kevin Salzman is expected to prosecute the case.
Salzman told the HDN on Thursday afternoon that Whipple was released on a recognizance bond and indicated at the hearing he would hire his own legal counsel.
Whipple's next scheduled court appearance is at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 in Ness County District Court.
Salzman said to his knowledge, the Ness County Board of County Commissioners had not yet met regarding the arrest. When contacted by HDN, a woman at the county clerk's office said they had no additional information and had no comment.
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Updated 2:42 p.m. with information from the Ness County Attorney.