News Flash


Posted on: April 20, 2018

Jackson County Executive announces nominating committee for Jackson County Sheriff

April 20, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
(816) 878-1930 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has announced a nominating committee to help appoint a Jackson County Sheriff, who will serve the remainder of the year.

Members of the nominating committee are:

  • Alfred Jordan (Chair) – 2nd District Jackson County Legislator
  • Crystal Williams – 2nd District At-Large Legislator
  • Tony Miller – 3rd District At-Large Legislator
  • Jean Peters Baker – Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Chief Rick Smith – Kansas City Police Department
  • Chief Dave Starbuck – Grain Valley Police Department
  • Rick Inglima – President, Missouri State Fraternal Order of Police
  • Tammy Dickinson – Former United States Attorney
  • Dr. Wallace Hartsfield, II – Pastor, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

“I want to commend the members of this committee for coming together to professionalize this process,” White said. “This is an important decision for the safety and welfare of our community and I am grateful for their support.”

The nine-person nominating committee will conduct candidate interviews publicly on Friday, May 4 from 9am-Noon at the offices of the Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway in Kansas City, MO. However, the committee holds the prerogative to conduct private interviews if a candidate demonstrates extenuating circumstances.

All candidates are required to hold these times until further notice. The committee requests that candidates not sit in on each other’s interviews.

The Jackson County Sheriff must meet the following qualifications:

  • Democrat (same political party as previous office holder)
  • Qualified voter
  • No felony conviction
  • Resided in Jackson County for three years prior to assuming office
  • POST certified

Candidates will also be subject to a background check and drug test. Human Resources professionals will review the applications for qualifications and the committee will interview the finalists. Resumes will be held in confidence until the candidates have authorized public release.

Interested candidates can submit their application through the Jackson County website at  The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

Following interviews, 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.

 Community members will be given a brief opportunity to address the committee during this process. Citizens who want to speak are encouraged to sign up in advance. 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

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