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Posted on: May 29, 2015

Captain Courtney Prewitt named Interim Chief of Police

Captain Courtney Prewitt named Interim Chief of Police

GARDEN CITY – Garden City Police Captain Courtney Prewitt has been named Interim Chief of Police for the Garden City Police Department effective June 1.

Prewitt has been with the department for 16 years and currently oversees the Patrol Division. City Manager Matt Allen said Prewitt will serve in the interim administrative capacity along with managing the Patrol Division until the next Chief of Police assumes the role.

“The Command staff is extremely talented and they are committed to working together as a team,” Allen said. “Captain Prewitt will represent that team well with the sworn and non-sworn department personnel, in interactions with other departments in the City and out in the community.”

Prewitt will assume the position vacated by the retirement of Police Chief James Hawkins.

“I understand the assignment and my goal is to turn the department over to the next chief in as good a shape as Chief Hawkins left it to us,” Prewitt said. “We are a strong Command Staff that works well as a group and we will continue to interact and lead the department in that manner. Some of the roles of the Interim Chief of Police will be new ones for me, but similar to responsibilities I’ve had in the military. Where roles are different, I looking forward to growing professionally from the experience.”

Prewitt has indicated he will not apply for the position of Police Chief. With a department that Allen describes as “having the very real possibility of multiple competitive chief applicants,” he acknowledged Prewitt’s decision not to apply was a contributing factor in the decision to name him Interim Chief.

“More importantly, Captain Prewitt’s leadership abilities are first rate. Those qualities are recognized by his peers, line officers, non-sworn staff and members of the community who interact with him,” Allen said.

A national search for the next Chief of Police will be conducted this summer.

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