Danedri Thompson

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Gardner Police Chief Gerald Cullumber has resigned, city administrator

Gerald Cullumber

Gerald Cullumber

Cheryl Harrison-Lee announced at the tail end of a June 2 city council meeting.

Harrison-Lee did not offer further explanation, but said the resignation was effective immediately. Cullumber did not attend the meeting.

However, city council met in executive, or private, session for 20 minutes to discuss personnel matters prior to the announcement.

Cullumber was a few week’s shy of his one-year anniversary as Gardner Chief of Police. He replaced former Chief Ken Francis, who died in August of 2012.

City officials did not say when or how they plan to search for a new chief. When Cullumber was hired in June 2013, the city used consultants, including Johnson County area law enforcement officials, to assist. At the time, Harrison-Lee said the use of consultants in the search for a top law enforcement official was a best practice. She explained that police chiefs tend to serve for very long periods of time. Former Chief Francis, for example, served as Gardner’s police chief for 25 years.

When he arrived in Gardner, Cullumber’s resume boasted more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1979. From 1987 to 2010, he worked for the Lenexa Police Department. Most recently served as the assistant chief of police for the city of Edwardsville, Kan., population 4,500. He left that job in June of 2012 and has worked as an adjunct professor at Baker University before being hired on in Gardner in June 2013.