Committee Formed To Nominate Interim Sheriff

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.

Committee Members

  • 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.”

Public Candidate Interviews May 4

The nine-person nominating committee will conduct candidate interviews publicly on Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at 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.


From the Jackson County Charter (Article VII/Section 1):

Section 1/ The Sheriff shall be elected for a term of four years, which started with the general election in 1972, and every four years since. The Sheriff shall take office on January 1 following his or her election. The Sheriff shall be a qualified voter and shall have been domiciled in the county for at least three years before assuming the office. Since January 1, 1979, the Sheriff is further required to have met, prior to filing for office, the training qualification required by state law of police officers serving in first-class charter counties. No person shall be eligible for the Office of Sheriff who has been convicted of a felony.

The interim 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 shall have met, the training qualifications required by state law of police officers serving in first-class charter counties. If a candidate does not believe that he or she currently satisfies this requirement, they should be prepared to provide information regarding this issue and their plans to satisfy the requirement.

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.

Community Members Opportunity To Address Committee

Following interviews, the committee will meet in closed session to discuss the candidates and recommend 2-3 qualified candidates 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


If you have any questions regarding the candidate requirements or candidate selection process please contact the Jackson County's Director of Human Resources at or 816-881-3140.

April 30 Application Deadline

Interested candidates can submit their application via the graphic link above.

The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.