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Hello from your Sixth District Alderman

I was born and raised in Michigan for much of my young adult life. While in middle school and high school, I was a dairy farmer. Once I graduated, I attended school for Criminal Justice and entered into law enforcement at the early age of 19. I completed my Associate Degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement. I moved to Savannah, Georgia, when in 2005, where I took another police job. It wasn’t long before I became a detective with that agency and then became the supervisor over investigations. During this time, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. I achieved promotion after some time to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. In 2015, I took another police job as a Lieutenant for another agency. About two years into that job, two agencies merged into one, and I received a promotion to the rank of Captain. I still work for that agency in that role today and have the privilege to be part of the Savannah community. In December of 2018, I received my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University. During the time of my studies, I have had the opportunity to discuss crime issues with city leaders and those in the criminal justice system. I researched the impact of mental health on the community and how we can better manage our resources to meet the needs of all of our community members. 


During my law enforcement career, I have worked diligently in the area of community policing to build partnerships between the police and the community. I made it a point to visit senior centers, local neighborhoods, and businesses to hear the concerns of our citizens. Through community involvement, active police participation, and block parties, we were able to combat crime effectively. I participated in youth activities and programs to reach out to our youth in the community. A lot of our youth came from poverty-stricken homes and broken families. Youth needed a sense of belonging and a place for recreation as well as educational experiences. I will work diligently with local churches and law enforcement to deter gun violence and educate youth on the consequences of such violence.


I want to see Savannah grow and prosper. My family worked hard and instilled in me that sense of hard work and honesty. I come from a family of farmers, military members, blue-collar workers, business owners, and police officers. I am an active member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah, where I serve on the Safety Ministry. I was elected to serve as your District 6 Alderman in December of 2019. Since that time, I have worked tirelessly with members of our community to enhance the quality of life. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you!


-Kurtis Purtee