On August 22, 1988, Wes Jordan donned the uniform of a Prairie Village police officer for the first time.
The position was a good fit. And the longer he worked for the department, the more invested in the community he got. He was promoted through the police department’s ranks, starting as corporal and moving on to become a sergeant, lieutenant and captain before being named chief of police in 2007.
Eight years later, he retired from the police department to accept a job as assistant city administrator. And in 2017, after two years in the assistant role, he took over in the city’s top administrative position following the departure of Quinn Bennion.
Today — his 30th anniversary as an employee of the city — Jordan said he’s been grateful for the opportunities Prairie Village has provided him and feels privileged to work alongside community-oriented residents and staff.
“[S]omewhere along the way 30 years kind of snuck up on me,” Jordan said. “I guess what really drives me is that I feel forever indebted to this community and the people who have supported me, the people who have believed in me, and really being a part of peoples’ everyday lives – both in the community and who I work with.”
On Monday, the governing body presented Jordan with a memento to mark his three decades of service: a Prairie Village street sign with his last name on it. Mayor Laura Wassmer thanked Jordan for his dedication to the city and noted his even temperament and ability to work through conflicts.
That temperament was honed in large part over the course of his nearly 27 years in the police department. A native of mid-Missouri, Jordan was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force before staring his career in law enforcement as a military police officer in 1984. He said that when he first came to Prairie Village following his military service, he quickly felt a sense of loyalty to the community.
“I grew up in a farming community outside of Sedalia, Mo., and jobs were not easy to come by – so I knew if someone gave me an opportunity it was my nature to be loyal and grateful,” he said. “I also think the longer you work somewhere the harder it is to leave – I suppose a sense of ownership and caring get stronger every day.”
He also thanked his family for giving him the support to dedicate long professional hours to city service.
“They sacrificed life’s moments for me,” he said. “I know that is a debt I can never adequately repay.”