In response to a plea from Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke, the Prescott City Council voted unanimously 6-0 to move up the timetable to starting a new full-time officer from July to the end of May at their meeting Monday evening.
Krutke told the board that time the department has spent on investigation of the homicide case against Prescott resident Rose Marie Kuehni along with other significant cases - such as stolen items and drugs reportedly found in the old school district bus garage - and additional drug cases have stretched time and resources in the Prescott PD to its absolute limits on top of the workload during monitoring the spring and summer traffic through town.
“I think we would be okay if not for the Kuehni trial,” Krutke said. “That case is really going to affect the overtime budget. Myself alone I’ve spent 2,000 miles just in travel. We haven’t had a homicide like this in Prescott in 18 to 19 years and you add on to the fact you’re dealing with a case stretching over six states, it’s a lot of work for the amount of manpower we’ve put on it.”
For more on Chief Krutke's remarks to the council, read this week;s Prescott Journal on newsstands Wednesday.