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Krutke loves being chief, serving citizens of Prescott

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Krutke loves being chief, serving citizens of Prescott
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

PRESCOTT--It’s a story Gary Krutke has probably told hundreds of times. 

In 1983, Krutke was working for the United Parcel Service (UPS) in Sheboygan when he made a delivery at a frequent stop of his.

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As Krutke told the story, it was around Krutke’s birthday, so the occupant said, wait a second, and came back with a birthday gift of a one-quart baggie full of marijuana.

“I never had anything like that happened to me before,” Krutke said, as he was in his mid-20’s. “It was a test of my character. How would I respond?”

Ironically, his next stop provided the answer. It was the Sheboygan Police Department, where he laid the baggie on a desk of an officer.

“Where did you get this?” the officer told Krutke and, like a snap of the finger, Krutke knew his days with UPS were numbered. Law enforcement, while more stressful, he said, provided an excitement level UPS couldn’t match.

He did some undercover work for the Sheboygan Police, went back to school to get his law enforcement degree and, for the last 26 years, has been proud to be a police officer. The last 14 of those have been in Prescott, where he was promoted to police chief in February, to succeed the retiring Mike Bondarenko.

“The first two months have been trying, but now it’s been fun again,” Krutke explained. He praised the Prescott Police Commission, especially Bill Pryor, and Sheriff Nancy Hove for being great resources, and being a sounding board when he needed some advice.

For more please read the June 11 print version of the Herald. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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