Jim Pruetting, Gardner Police Chief on Hand as City Council Approves Ballot Language for New Justice Center Bond Issue

Jim Pruetting, Gardner Police Chief, was one of several attendees at Monday’s council meeting where council members approved ballot language for an August 1st bond election asking Gardner residents to approve $13.75 million-dollars in general obligation bonds to build a new justice center that will house the police department and municipal court. Chief Pruetting did not speak on the issue, but has publicly supported the building of a new facility in the past.

Jim Pruetting has served as the Chief of Gardner police since 2015. Just prior to Chief Pruetting’s hiring the city had completed a needs study for a new police facility, which was projected at the time to cost $11.25 million dollars. The delay in implementing the project increased the projected cost of completion. The city is utilizing a provision in state law that allows the city to retain the increased assessment value of property in the City of Gardner if residents vote to approve the use of the funds.

Chief Jim Pruetting has 32 years of law enforcement experience and has served for 2 years as Chief of Police in Gardner, Kansas. He spent 30 years with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.