Zoellner to take sheriff’s post
Maj. Dave Zoellner is eager for Jan. 10 so he can start making good on promises he made during his campaign for Leavenworth County sheriff.
Zoellner, a 36-year veteran of the sheriff's office, faced a challenger in August's Democratic primary. After breezing through that race, Zoellner ran unopposed in Tuesday's general election, garnering 21,082 votes.
And now, the 57-year-old undersheriff must wait two months before he takes over as Leavenworth County's top law enforcement officer.
But he's ready.
"I want to find ways to do a better job of recruiting and look for competent, qualified applicants," Zoellner said Wednesday. "We were down 20 funded positions. I think now we're down 18. That's a priority, to do a better job of recruiting and to get qualified applicants. We're always fighting with higher-paying organizations in the metropolitan Kansas City area."
Once more officers are on patrol, Zoellner plans to increase the number of patrol districts, particularly in the rapidly growing segments of Leavenworth County.
And he says he'll stress communications.
"Obviously, there are going to be two new county commissioners, and I look forward to working with the board of county commissioners," he said.
But he promises it won't stop there.
"I want to listen," he said. "I want to be able to listen to the officers. I want to encourage their input and to work with shared visions and shared solutions."
Here are winners in other county races. All have four-year terms.
¢ Republican Linda A. Scheer, incumbent, won the county clerk race with 21,808 votes.
¢ Republican Janice A. Young, incumbent, won the county treasurer race with 21,581 votes.
¢ Democrat Stacy R. Driscoll, incumbent, won the register of deeds race with 20,840 votes.
¢ Democrat Frank E. Kohl, incumbent, won the race for county attorney with 20,454 votes.
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