Law Enforcement Agency Board


The Law Board meets at noon on the third Monday of each month, providing that if Monday is a legal holiday, the meeting will be held on the following day at the same time. Meetings are held in Manhattan’s City Commission meeting room at 11th and Poyntz and are open to the public. Accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities. Law Board meetings are also broadcast on local cable access television and can be viewed online at the Riley County Police Department webpage.


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Find live and recorded video of Law Board meetings on the City of Manhattan Boxcast site.

Current Law Board Members

  • Barry Wilkerson
  • Betty Mattingly-Ebert
  • John Ford
  • John Matta
  • Kaleb James
  • Patricia Hudgins
  • Wynn Butler

About the Law Board


The Law Board is comprised of seven individuals representing various constituencies in Riley County and consists of: 

With the exception of the Riley County Attorney (who is elected every four years), all positions are appointed by either the Manhattan City Commission or the Riley County Board of County Commissioners.


The Riley County Police Department (RCPD) was formed in 1974 as a result of the passage of enabling legislation by the State of Kansas. It was at that time that the Riley County Sheriff’s Office, the Manhattan Police Department, and the Ogden Police Department were abolished and replaced by RCPD. As part of this move to consolidated law enforcement in Riley County, that same enabling legislation contained provisions providing for oversight of RCPD by the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency; what we commonly refer to as the “Law Board”.


The Law Board’s numerous oversight duties include: 

  • Authorizing and providing for the appointment of personnel 
  • Establishing salaries for personnel
  • Authorizing the acquisition of equipment and supplies necessary to operate RCPD
  • Adopting an annual budget and certifying same to the Riley County Board of County Commissioners
  • Entering into contracts
  • Adopting rules and regulations necessary for the operation of the department
  • Other duties as provided by law

Riley County Police Department Community Advisory Board

Police departments often find it challenging to keep an open line of communication with the public that they serve. To address this concern, in July of 2009, the RCPD worked with a group of private citizens to develop a group that can serve as a liaison between the police department and the public. This group, the Riley County Police Department Community Advisory Board, meets monthly to address issues of interest to the RCPD and how they may affect the citizens and business of Riley County.