A Salina native will run for a seat on the USD 305 School Board for the upcoming election.
Jim Fletcher announced his candidacy on Wednesday. Fletcher, 42, is well-known to the Salina community after serving 13 years with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a patrol deputy, the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force and as a prevention officer with the DARE program. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant prior to leaving the department for a new career.
Fletcher, a Salina South High School graduate, left law enforcement in 2012 and took a job as an insurance agent after his wife lost a long battle with cancer. He is currently a district manager with Aflac Insurance.
Fletcher has several years of prior experience in education. He served on the education councils of St. Mary’s Grade School and Sacred Heart High School, while his children attended school there.
Fletcher said he chose to run because he wants to support the students that help support the community, particularly during a time of change. “The local public-school system should prepare our children to strive, thrive and survive in our community, or the community they choose to reside in,” he said.