Originally published in the Kiowa County Signal on October 10, 2012
City Administrator Ed Truelove repeatedly told the city council and Mayor Bob Dixson that a local police force was a "quality of life issue" during a work session on Monday night.
Truelove, who was Chief of Police for Sterling before taking the city administrator's position, presented a preliminary budget estimated at $87,000 annually for a single officer police department. That figure includes a $15,000 payment to the Kiowa County Sheriff's Department for dispatch services.
The proposed police department would use some existing city resources to reduce upfront costs but would require a new vehicle, equipment and training costs and associated expenses said Truelove.
The 40-hour a week position would primarily provide code enforcement and community safety for city residents who have been without city law enforcement for two years, after officials ended Greensburg's contract with the sheriff's department in 2010.
Truelove acknowledged that the budget was preliminary and that costs could be higher than anticipated.
Truelove first broached the subject of creating a police department during initial 2013 budget discussions in July.
The city council is expected to address the proposed police department at their Monday Oct. 15 meeting.