Kurtis Purtee for district 6 alderman
Welcome to the official website for Kurtis Purtee
As Alderman of the sixth district, I have been working hard to create positive change and make a difference in the community. My team and I have worked tirelessly to ensure that the residents have access to the necessary resources and opportunities that will help them succeed. We have achieved a lot in the past few years, and I am looking forward to continuing this progress in the future.
If you would like to learn more about me and my team, please scroll through my website. You will find information about my accomplishments, my vision for the sixth district, and what we plan to achieve in the future. I'm always open to meeting new people and hearing their ideas, so please don't hesitate to reach out.
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 moved to Savannah in 2005 and during my 22 year career in Law Enforcement, I was able to receive my Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, I am blessed to serve as a Police Captain in my community.
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 had the opportunity to be part of a response team that addresses mental health issues and provides resources to better manage the needs of our community members.
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 Church in Savannah, where I chair 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!
Focus on infrastructure to include roads, sidewalks, and drainage.
Address homelessness with a community approach.
Complete the Southside Community Center.
Connect our district with resources for a focus on accessibility and equity.
Continue to work with code enforcement in order to address blight and littering.
Youth engagement by offering programs with partner resources.
Continue to work with our public safety employees to provide a safe community.
Economic Development through policy and best practices.
Formation of a Human Rights Commission.
Continual work on a comprehensive traffic plan and traffic calming measures.
Southside master plan development and vitality around the Savannah Mall corridor.
Lead and represent using accessibility, connectivity, equity, and opportunity.
District 6 Accomplishments
1. Mohawk Park 1st phase completion.
2. Tribble Park & Lake repair and sustainability project funding at $2.5mill.
3. Funding for community center at $5mill
4. Sidewalk installation and repairs- Abercorn / Apache, Coffee Bluff
5. Sidewalk funding for completion of Coffee Bluff Rd, Largo, and connection to vital services.
6. Traffic calming: School cameras, reconfiguration of Windsor/ White Bluff & Windsor / Largo.
7. Bicycle Lanes to provide connectivity.
8. Hiring of Jay Melder, Chief Kitchens, and Chief Gunther.
9. Completion of the Enmarket Arena.
10. Work with CSAH for $19mill in funding to address homelessness to include a Southside Day Center.
11. Worked for the Give Change that Counts campaign.
12. Expansion of shotspotter.
13. Lowest millage rate since the mid 1980’s
14. Advocated for the Hotel/Motel Tax
15. Intergovernmental Agreement with SCCPSS for youth sports.
16. Flock cameras to combat illegal activities.
17. Blight fight - more code enforcement officers.
18. Youth sports teams funding to offset shortfalls that they received to help support our kids.
Partnerships: Deep Center, The Front Porch, Boys and Girls Club, Dad’s Donuts, Mediation Center, Parent University. Windsor Forest Neighbors Feeding Neighbors. Houses of worship. Dedicated Senior Medical Center. Family Promise. America’s Second Harvest. Healthy Savannah. SEGA-SORBA. Bike Walk Savannah.