FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) staff have announced that five candidates will be interviewed by a nominating committee to help Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. appoint a Jackson County Sheriff, who will serve the remainder of the year.
The nine-person nominating committee will conduct public interviews on Friday, May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. at the offices of the Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, in Kansas City, MO.
The committee requests that candidates not sit in on each other’s interviews. The interview schedule is as follows:
“The qualifications and experience of the interview candidates is a testament to a bright future for Jackson County,” White said. “The nominating committee is a group of proven leaders and professionals and I am truly grateful for its members as they execute the task they have graciously accepted to do.”
There were 12 applicants and a committee made up of MARC and Jackson County staff evaluated those applications for qualifications and scored each on based on industry-standard criteria to narrow down the field.
“Our human resources and local government services staff provided an objective review of each application to help the nominating committee identify candidates that best meet the basic requirements for the position,” said Nancy Weitzel-Burry, MARC human resources director. “MARC has helped local governments with high-profile recruitments in the past and we are pleased to provide our support to Jackson County during this important interview process.”
At the request of the County Executive, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith has agreed to recuse himself from the nominating committee due to the application of former Police Chief Darryl Forte‘.
Dr. Kristi Holsinger has accepted the County Executive’s invitation to serve in Chief Smith’s place. Dr. Holsinger is the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at UMKC.
Community members will be given a brief opportunity to address the committee after the interviews. Citizens who want to speak must sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, May 3 at 5 p.m.
They can also submit a comment, suggestion or question to be shared with the committee. Such requests can be made through the Mid-America Regional Council’s website at http://www.marc2.org/assets/jacksoncounty.
Following interviews and public comment, the committee will meet in closed session to discuss the finalists and submit 2-3 recommendations to the County Executive, who will make the final selection.