February 10, 2016

Belcher to serve as acting police captain

Sgt. James Belcher will serve as acting captain of the Gardner Police Department, after chief Gerald Cullumber’s June 2 resignation.

Belcher has been a sergeant since 2000 and has been an active part of the police department’s leadership. He joined the police department in 1998 and has served in the patrol division for the past 16 years.

“The police department’s management team includes over 80 years of combined experience,” city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee said in a press release.  “I have every confidence that the police department will continue to provide excellent police services to our community during this time of transition.”

Since 2002, Belcher has served as the training sergeant and is the direct supervisor for the department’s field training program. The sergeant also boasts a bronze award for valor from the Kansas City Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association for his level of professionalism and commitment above and beyond the normal call of service.

City staff has also reached out to regional law enforcement agencies and have assurance that they will continue to support the City of Gardner’s law enforcement efforts.

According to a city-issued press release, details for the recruitment procedure for a new chief will be forthcoming.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Did the City Police Dept. not have a captain, lieutenant or major in the line of seniority. Seems strange that they would reach down to the sergeant level to find an administrator of the police dept. and I say that with no bias toward Sgt. Belcher – just find it odd. Citizens also should know the reason/reasons for Chief Cullumber to submit his IMMEDIATE resignation……….citizens far from know all the FACTS, however, the majority of the City Council, Freeman, Roberts and Shute, proved themselves last night that they aren’t interested in facts and also thumb their noses as to the law and are ready to disregard those two things while they make their personal “judgments”. . The scraping of the bottom of the barrel continues I would say. I thought Chief Cullember was doing a decent job as police chief and I would like to know why he felt necessary to leave, however, he might be doing himself a big favor. I sure would hate for him to bring his family here to live considering what it is going to be like in just a few years but that was a choice he would have to make for himself and his family.


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