Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department Teams Up for Drug Take Back Event

[Columbus, Kansas] – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department will join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country to give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents can drop off their unwanted drugs at Apple Market in Columbus, Marvin’s IGA in Baxter Springs or the Galena City Hall.

“This program has proven successful locally and nationwide,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Last April Americans turned in 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills.

“With the high prevalence of prescription drug abuse and the opioid crisis, an initiative like the Drug Take Back Program helps address a vital public safety and public health issue.  We know the longer medicines languish in homes, they more susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse they become.”

“In addition to those who choose to abuse or misuse prescription drugs, we also have concerns about children or others accidentally getting a hold of those drugs and unintentionally overdosing.  The Drug Take Back Program provides a safe way for residents to dispose of drugs without introducing them into our waterways,” concluded Sheriff Groves.

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City of Galena is Accepting Sealed Bids

The City of Galena is accepting sealed bids for an Animal Control box. This is the box off of the old Chevy Animal Control Vehicle. The box measures: 68 ¼“ 96 3/8” at the top of the box. This box has 2 large animal compartments in the rear, and 2 smaller animal compartments on each side. It also has a tool/utility compartment that is accessible from both sides and extends all the way through.

This box is at the City Lot located at 12th and Wood Street in Galena. If you would like to look at it before bidding you can contact Public Works at (620) 783-1991.

The bids have to be sealed in an envelope and turned into the City Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 PM Friday September 1, 2017.

 

Officer of the Quarter

Patrol Officer Wayne Nelson was awarded Officer of the Quarter during the Police Department Staff meeting on April 13, 2017.

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On March 11, 2017 Officer Nelson was dispatched to a home for a medical emergency. The home owner subsequently wrote a letter stating this was the second family member they lost within the past 16 days. The letter continued by complimenting Officer Nelson for the professionalism and courtesy he showed toward the family in their time of need and also stated Officer Nelson returned with dinner for the family and “it made things just a little bit better”

Officer Nelson recognizes sometimes small acts of kindness and generosity can mean the world to those in a crisis situation.

I am proud to have officers willing to go above what is expected to serve the community and continue to improve interactions with residents of Galena.

“Service With Honor”

 

City of Galena Christmas Party

Friday December 16, 2016 the City of Galena held their annual Christmas Party. During this event the following employees were recognized for their outstanding service to the City throughout the past year.

Public Works Department:

  • Bill Hamlin Certificate of Appreciation
  •  Jason Charles Certificate of Appreciation
  • Lonnie Atkins Certificate of Appreciation

City Clerk’s Office:

  • Janine Hayward Certification of Appreciation
  • David Barry Certification of Appreciation.

Galena Police Department:

  • Matthew Smith Officer of the Quarter (4th Quarter)
  • Michael Lewis Traffic Safety Officer 2016
  •  Blaine Cornelius Leadership Award 2016
  • Jeff Daugherty Officer of the Year 2016

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