Mike Sharp Sworn In As
Jackson County Sheriff
FEBRUARY 2, 2009 -- Mike Sharp was sworn in as Jackson County Sheriff during the County Legislature's regular meeting today. He was elected to the office in November of 2008, succeeding Sheriff Tom Phillips who announced his retirement early last year.
Sheriff Sharp served 26 years as a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer, but he also has a background in firefighting and has 18 years of experience as a successful business owner. He said he will call on his background in public service and management to improve the quality of life in Jackson County and for the individuals serving in the Sheriff's office.
Sharp is a native of Lee's Summit, Missouri. He graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in Fire Science and minor in Criminal Justice. While studying for his degree, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the Lee's Summit Fire Department.
After graduating from Central Missouri, Sheriff Sharp worked as a full-time Kansas City police officer from 1981 to 1983, a reserve officer from 1983 to 1999, and a reserve Homicide Detective from 1999 to 2007. He retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 2007.
Sheriff Sharp credits his years as a construction supervisor for Kingston Construction Co. and as the owner of Wholesale Carpet Warehouse in Lee’s Summit from 1989 to 2007 for developing his well-honed management skills.
Sheriff Sharp proudly represents the fourth generation of his family in law enforcement:
- The Sheriff’s great-grandfather, Brit Sharp, served over 40 years as a deputy sheriff.
- The Sheriff’s grandfather, Clinton Sharp, also served as a deputy sheriff.
- The Sheriff’s father, Ben Sharp, was a police officer for six years with the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Police Department.
Sheriff Sharp's civic memberships include the Ararat Shrine, Albert Pike Blue Lodge #219 in Independence, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc., and the Summit Democratic Club.