Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.

Contact Us:
The Harvey County Independent
220 Main St.
Halstead, KS 67056
316-835-2235

Search this site:

Chance Encounter Leads To Remodeled Bentley City Hall

Posted 10/26/2017

By Jared JanzenBENTLEY City Hall has a new professional look thanks to a donation of office furniture, including these two desks use for public works and police. Two similar desks are in the bay of the fire department. BENTLEY City Hall has a new professional look thanks to a donation of office furniture, including these two desks use for public works and police. Two similar desks are in the bay of the fire department.

BENTLEY—Out with the old and in with the new. Bentley City Hall has a fresh look thanks to a generous donation of office furniture from a Wichita business-owner.

The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, supplied the city with five desks and office chairs, four filing cabinets, and about two dozen chairs for use in the council room.

This all started with the man simply passing through town according to Bentley Police Chief Kevin Dorritie.

“It was a chance encounter,” he said. “He came in to use our restroom.”

Dorritie said the man noticed the city could use some more functional furniture and extended an invitation to visit his warehouse. The man had purchased the used office furniture in bulk, but the items are still in good condition.

“I don’t know if he bought out an office building or how he did it,” Dorritie said. “It never came up. He just said, ‘I’ve got all this office furniture; come to my warehouse…take what you want.’”

Rearranging the front office created space to move the police desk into this front room out of the back one they had been in. Dorritie said this gives the police a more visible presence and helps them maintain legal compliances with the state for police and court records.

“It just functions a lot better as an office,” Dorritie said.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.