Stephen Mattice

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Service Record

Columbus Kansas Police Department

Rank Lieutenant (2016)[1]
Dates of Service Records show Mattice resigned in 2014 but was promoted in 2016.
Last Known Status Resigned.[2]

Stafford Kansas Police Department

Rank Police Chief
Dates of Service July 2018 - December 11, 2018[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]

Mattice was fired after losing support from the City Administrator after investigating an officer for having sex with a minor.[3]

Argonia Kansas Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service May 26, 2020 - October 6, 2020[4]
Last Known Status Separated[4]


2017 Cherokee County Best of the Best Award

In May 2017, Mattice was voted the Cherokee County Best of the Best by the Cherokee County News Advocate.[5]

Incident Reports

2020 Interference with Law Enforcement

On September 14, 2020, Mattice called 911 to report that his ex-wife had used her vehicle in a domestic assault on him. Mattice described the incident as if he had been dragged by the vehicle.[4]

Response Timeline

Investigators contacted Mattice's ex-wife, who had a video recording of the incident. The video showed Mattice blocking the door and the ex-wife driving away slowly. The investigator determined that Mattice had lied in an attempt to get charges filed against his ex-wife.[4]

Mattice was charged with one count of interference with law enforcement.[4]

On February 9, 2021, Mattice pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for the interference charge being dropped.[4][6]

On August 16, 2023, the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training (POST) revoked Mattice's certification for criminal conduct and a lack of good moral character.[4]

LEO Ratings

Public Comments


  1. City Council Meeting, City of Columbus, 2016-06-06
  2. City Council Meeting, City of Columbus, 2014-11-03
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mary Clarkin, Former Stafford police chief sues city, Hutchinson News, 2019-06-25
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Summary order of Revocation, Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, 2023-08-16
  5. City Council Meeting, City of Columbus, 2017-05-15
  6. Register of Actions, Kansas Public Portal, 2024-02-19 snapshot