Captain Tuttle Retires

Published on January 11, 2021

A familiar face in the Downtown Jackson County Courthouse will soon be gone.

Captain Bob Tuttle is retiring from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office after 42 years of service. He has been the Division Commander for Courthouse Security for several years.

Tuttle became a deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in 1978. Over his extensive career, Tuttle has served in the following units: road patrol, motorcycle, emergency response team and investigations. He started the Professional Standards Authority and investigation internal affairs issues. In September 2017, Tuttle was promoted to the rank of Captain.

He also started the Office’s Professional Standards Authority and investigated internal affairs issues. As a sergeant, he was assigned to the Jackson County Drug Task Force.

Bob Tuttle was born and raised in a baseball family under the guidance of his dad, professional baseball player Bill Tuttle, center fielder for the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and Minnesota Twins. It was his father’s tenure with the Athletics that brought Bob to Kansas City, where he became a star athlete in his own right.

According to Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., Tuttle excelled in baseball, playing second base for the University of Central Missouri Mules from 1971 to 1974, leading the team in runs three times, hits twice, and stolen bases twice. Every year he played for the Mules, he was named to the All-MIAA first team, leading the Mules to the College Division World Series in 1974. In 2020, Tuttle was inducted into the UCM Athletics Hall of Fame.

Tuttle graduated from UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He later attended Traffic Management Institute at UCM.

Tuttle enjoys spending his leisure time at the Lake of the Ozarks, hunting, fishing and finding peace in the quietness of rural Missouri.

“Captain Tuttle has served the citizens of Jackson County with dignity and honor, his institutional knowledge will be missed,” Legislative Chairman Dan Tarwater III said.