Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2012

Douglas County sheriff seeking re-election to third term

May 17, 2012


Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern filed paperwork Thursday to seek a third term in office.

McGovern, of Lawrence, who has spent 30 years in law enforcement the sheriff’s office, was elected as a Republican without opposition in 2004 and won a second term in 2008 as an uncontested candidate.

A news release Thursday said McGovern plans to continue working on community programs, such as the prescription drug take-back day, Project LifeSaver and the sheriff’s citizen academy.

“There are also several major ongoing projects McGovern wants to see through to completion in a third term,” the release said. “There is a major radio system upgrade in the communications center, the transfer of all old arrest records to digital storage and the correctional facility’s successful re-entry program. He will also strive to continue to bring the sheriff’s office in under budget as he has done throughout his tenure as sheriff.”

McGovern is also expected to discuss his re-election bid at a news conference next week. Douglas County Register of Deeds Kay Pesnell, a rural Eudora Democrat, has also filed for re-election, as has Jim Flory, a Republican county commissioner. If needed, a primary election for county offices is Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 6.


BlackVelvet 5 years, 8 months ago

Any specific reason, or just change for the sake of change?

Shelley Bock 5 years, 8 months ago

Ken McGovern is one Republican (maybe the only one) I'll always vote for because he's sane. His administration has done a good job at the jail. His officers in the field are generally well trained. His courthouse security staff are the greatest. He delegates responsibilities well.

In reality, I've never thought of him as a Republican, just the right man for the job.

northtowngrl 5 years, 8 months ago


It really is hard for me to think of him as republican. I almost wish he wasn't. It sort of taints him in a way. He's way to good of a person to be thought of as a "typical" republican now a days. For all the reasons you stated and more, he'll continue to be the ONLY one I can see myself ever voting for.

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

Good man and Sheriff in my opinion. Deserves another term or three.

skinny 5 years, 8 months ago

We are very lucky to have a Sherill like Kenny!

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