Accused sheriff resigns

YATES CENTER — Woodson County Sheriff David Waddell, accused of falsifying purchase reports and food receipts, has announced his resignation.
Woodson County Clerk Shelley Stuber told the Register that Waddell listed “personal and private reasons” for his resignation, which will take effect Nov. 25.
Waddell faces two felony counts of submitting false information and two counts of official misconduct.
The charges, filed by the Kansas attorney general’s office last week, allege Waddell provided false information on vouchers and reimbursement forms for goods purchased for personal use. Waddell also is alleged to have requested reimbursement for food that should not have been paid for by the Woodson County Sheriff’s Department.
His resignation was announced at Thursday’s Woodson County Commission meeting.
Waddell, first elected sheriff in 2004, was re-elected to a second four-year term last November.
It’s now up to Republican party precinct committee members in Woodson County to hold a convention within 21 days of Waddell’s resignation — sometime around Oct. 8 — to nominate a replacement. Gov. Mark Parkinson will have final say on the nomination.
An election to fill the remainder of Waddell’s term will be in November 2010, Stuber said.
Waddell, 38, is scheduled to have his first appearance in Woodson County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.