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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Current Law Board Members

  • Barry Wilkerson
  • BeEtta Stoney
  • John Ford
  • Kathryn Focke
  • Linda Morse
  • Patricia Hudgins
  • Robert Ward

The Law Board is comprised of seven individuals representing various constituencies in Riley County and consists of: two Manhattan City Commissioners, one citizen at large from Manhattan, the Riley County Attorney, One Riley County Commissioner, one citizen at large from Riley County, and one citizen at large position which rotates between Manhattan and Riley County on two year cycles. With the exception of the Riley County Attorney (who is elected ever four years), all positions are appointed by either the Manhattan City Commission or the Riley County Board of County Commissioners.

About the Law Board

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 (among other things): 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, and 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.

Joint Meeting - Law Board and Community Advisory Board

The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency (Law Board) and the Riley County Police Department's Community Advisory Board (CAB) jointly announce a series of meetings intended to make both Board and CAB members available to the public. These meetings will be held on a quarterly basis with the first meeting to be held at 6:00 PM in the Groesbeck Room located in the Manhattan Public Library on July 2, 2014. The Board and CAB invite all members of the public to attend this public forum.