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Kansas Senate committee ponders who’s in charge if the sheriff leaves office

February 23, 2010

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— There seems to be some conflict in state law on who is next in line if a sheriff leaves office or is forced out of the job.

Douglas County Sheriff Kenneth McGovern testified Tuesday in favor of Senate Bill 494, which states that the undersheriff will take over if there is a vacancy in the office of sheriff.

“An undersheriff is most likely best qualified to take on this responsibility in the absence of the sheriff,” McGovern told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Under one state statute, however, the replacement would be the county clerk. Some legislators said the county clerk only would be in charge of jail operations if the sheriff had been arrested and put in the county lockup.

The committee took no action on the bill.

Comments

TheBigW 4 years, 10 months ago

Boston_Corbett (anonymous) says... Who shot the Sheriff?

Well there is an on going debate on that, two people make the claim, Bob Marley & Eric Clapton, but it's still not clear who shot the deputy and that is really the question that should be asked.

kusp8 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree W. If we could get OJ out of jail he would probably search for the real killer.

Fred Sherman 4 years, 10 months ago

County Clerk don't need no stinking badges....

headdoctor 4 years, 10 months ago

This screw up of Kansas law is just now coming to their attention. They must be really be looking for something to do besides the real problems. In the laws of old the County Clerk has authority but the only person who could legitimately arrest a County Sheriff was the County Coroner. Usually there was some reason behind the madness of how laws came about. The story behind this one would sure be interesting.

formerfarmer 4 years, 10 months ago

What would happen in Douglas County where there are two undersheriffs. Who would make the decision.

lawrence_citizen 4 years, 10 months ago

Boston_Corbett ..... I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.

RKLOG 4 years, 10 months ago

Boston_Corbett (anonymous) says... "Who shot the Sheriff?"

TheBigW (anonymous) says

"Well there is an on going debate on that, two people make the claim, Bob Marley & Eric Clapton, but it's still not clear who shot the deputy and that is really the question that should be asked."

RKLOG (Mark Andrew) says:

All I know is that John Cougar Melloncamp fought authority, but alas, authority always wins.

TheBigW 4 years, 10 months ago

Well JCM is really just a wannabee cuz back in the day Bobby Fuller along side the clash fought the law & the law won.

TheBigW 4 years, 10 months ago

Well JCM is really just a wannabee cuz back in the day Bobby Fuller along side the clash fought the law & the law won.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 10 months ago

"What would happen in Douglas County where there are two undersheriffs. Who would make the decision."

Shooting duel, at high noon.

viagra_sailor 4 years, 10 months ago

i hope they spend months on this crucial issue.

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