The City Council and Administrator Ed Truelove are continuing to take steps towards officially re-establishing the city's police department.
During their regular meeting Monday the council approved two key pieces of additional city code, the "Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, 2012" and the "Uniform Public Offence Code, 2012." Both ordinances, based on guides published by the Kansas League of Municipalities, define crimes and traffic violations.
Areas of criminal activities from murder to eavesdropping are defined in the 100+ page document.
A section typically covers definition of the crime, definition of the victim, associated Kansas statutes, crime classification and penalty.
All cities with police departments have similar ordinances, although municipalities are allowed to make amendments and/or changes.
In his opening report, Truelove also named Paul S. Alvarez as his choice for chief of police.
"As of today he's begun working," said Truelove. "He's been taking care of administration functions and getting the office set up."
Alvarez, a 27-year-old Greensburg High School graduate, was employed as a Gray County deputy sheriff from November 2006 until November 2009 and again from January 2010 until April 2010. He had been an officer with the Great Bend Police Department since July 2011.
Alvarez received an associate's degree from Garden City Community College in 2006 and completed his basic training in July 2007 at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson.
Alvarez lost a Kiowa County Sheriff primary election in August against incumbent Kendall Lothman.
During a primary debate and in his campaign literature, Alvarez said a new law enforcement agreement between the Kiowa County Sheriff's Department and the City of Greensburg would be a priority.
On Tuesday Truelove said the initial timeline of early February for a police officer to begin patrols may have been "ambitious" and he estimated a start date sometime in March or April.
This first appeared in the Dec. 19, 2012 print edition of The Kiowa County Signal.