Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Tonganoxie’s chief of police to leave again

November 26, 2003

Tonganoxie again will have a shift in its police department that could increase salaries.

Police Chief Ken Carpenter, who returned to the department on Sept. 22 after eight months in active duty, again has left his post with the department. Carpenter left on mobilization orders last week and expects to return in 16 or 17 months.

During his absence, Carpenter recommended these interim positions -- John Putthoff, acting police chief; Larry Burns, acting deputy police chief; Brian Daily, acting sergeant; and Billy Adcox, acting investigator.

In a letter to the mayor and city council, Carpenter wrote:

"I will remain in contact with Lt. Putthoff during my mobilization to give advice, etc. However, he should have full authority to make any changes he determines necessary during my absence. Your understanding of my military commitment is appreciated."

Because of his extended hiatus, Carpenter has asked for an increase in wages for the appointed interim positions. Carpenter's recommendation calls for Putthoff to receive an increase of $1.50 per hour, while the other positions would be a $1 increase each.

The item was on the council's agenda for Monday's meeting, but because of The Mirror's early Thanksgiving deadline, any action taken on the matter will appear in next week's addition.

Earlier this year, Carpenter was called into active duty. He returned to Tonganoxie Police Department on Sept. 22.

During Carpenter's eight-month absence from Tonganoxie, Lt. Mark Williams, a 10-year veteran of the police department, served as acting chief of police. However, Williams died in August.

After Williams' death, Putthoff was promoted to lieutenant and Burns was promoted to acting sergeant.

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