Due to officers place on administrative leave after shooting in Pratt on Nov. 13, Sgt. Nathan Humble has been named by the city to the position of Pratt Police Chief.
Roy Eckert, Pratt City Manager, said Thursday that Sgt. Nathan Humble has been named Pratt Police Chief after administrative leave was ordered for Interim Police Chief Detective Jeff Ward.
Ward filled the position of Interium Police Chief following the recent retirement of Police Chief Gary Myers in September 2018. Ward was involved in the shooting incident in Pratt on November 13, 2018, which left Pratt resident Rene Prieto, 38, unresponsive and in critical condition for several days at a Wichita hospital. He died on November 21 from those injuries.
Ward and two other Pratt officers were placed on paid administrative leave per standard protocol for an undetermined amount of time. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the case.
“With much discussion on the safety of our community and our police officers, the decision was made to not delay the ap- pointment of a perma- nent Police Chief,” Eckert said. “We have appointed Sgt. Nathan Humble as new Police Chief for the City of Pratt as of November 14, 2018.”
A spokesman from city dispatch confirmed that Humble is a Pratt native and has been employed with the Pratt department as a police officer since 2003.
“As city manager I have full confidence in Chief Humble’s abilities and we are excited for the transition and stability that it brings,” Eckert said, in a prepared statement. “Rest assured that the city continues to run smoothly in all areas.”
Eckert commended Ward for his excellent leadership skills and expertise gained from more than 20 years in law enforcement.
“Detective Ward’s tenure as Interim Police Chief was greatly appreciated and he upheld the position with integrity and pride,” Eckert said.