Chansler pleads not guilty

Jody Chansler, a Fort Dodge police officer accused of domestic assault, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chansler, who is on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the case, had his domestic assault trial set for Sept. 4 by Magistrate William Habhab.

Chansler was released on his own recognizance and ordered to turn in all of his guns to the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. His attorney, Derek Johnson, said Chansler will do that once he’s released.

Chansler is accused of assaulting his wife. She reported the incident at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday. Habhab issued a no-contact order between Chansler and his wife.

The case will be prosecuted by “special counsel from another county attorney’s office,” according to Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman, due to a conflict of interest with the Webster County attorney’s office.