Meet Leawood Chief of Police, Troy Rettig

What inspired you or led you to your current career? The first thing that got into my head, I had a grandfather who was a City Marshal in Hanover, Kansas. So as a young kid it was always in the back of my head. Just went from there.

What is something you love about Johnson County?    Definitely the people.  The midwestern people, there’s nothing like them. Anywhere you travel, they’re all friendly. 

What do you do for fun? I like backpacking, it’s my love right now, my passion. I try to get out to Colorado and backpack and hike as much as I can.

Where do you take out-of-towners to eat when they visit? It’s the obligatory bbq spot.  I’m partial to Q39…the Mr. Burn’s Sandwich

What three things would you tell your 18 year old self? Be patient, have fun and enjoy the small things in life.

What is something on your bucket list?  Hiking the Colorado trail…it’s about six weeks.  From Colorado Springs to Durango.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Probably not going to see this one coming, hopefully living in Colorado and spending time in a cabin in Colorado.

Favorite spot in Colorado? I love Ouray, Colorado. Over in the southwest part of the state it’s got a little hot springs pool and it’s just beautiful. Neat place to visit and there’s a lot of things to do surrounding it.  North of Durango.

What’s one of your pet peeves? Rude people, a lack of common courtesy.  

If your life had a theme Song what would it be? Oh boy, I’m one of those guys who can’t remember the names of songs, I’d have to go back to 80’s rock, is where my mind goes…I can’t come up with anything.

What’s a movie you can quote? It’s the one me and my sons do the movie quotes from all the time…Talladega Nights.  They watched it when we drove to Colorado one time, they had it on a dvd player and we constantly do movie quotes from it all the time.  That’s about my depth.

What’s the one thing you’d grab if you had to leave your home in an emergency (everyone and the pets are safe)? It’d be a hard drive of all the pictures I’ve stored since when the kids were young.

What skill or craft would you like to master? Playing the guitar. But I’ve spent zero time learning it.  One of those things I keep putting off. Fly-fishing is another one.

Do you know someone who is a positive influence in our community? Please let us know, we would love to meet them for consideration to our Artist Project!