Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Longtime Leavenworth Police official files for sheriff’s race

April 30, 2008

With the June 10 filing deadline approaching, one more candidate has submitted a bid for Leavenworth County public office.

James (Jim) V. Dyson Sr., a Leavenworth County Republican, filed for Leavenworth County Sheriff Monday and could rival current sheriff, David Zoellner. If no one else files, they would meet in a Nov. 4 general election.

James (Jim) V. Dyson

James (Jim) V. Dyson

Dyson has 38 years of law enforcement experience, but, he said, "Running for sheriff has always been a goal I set for myself."

The graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va., served as detective, patrol sergeant and lieutenant with the Leavenworth Police Department before retiring in 2002.

As a lieutenant, Dyson supervised the department's narcotics unit, detective division, patrol division and was the bomb squad and special tactics and response (STAR) commander.

He then became chief of police of the Department of the Army Civilian Police at Fort Leavenworth, where his responsibilities include hiring, training and supervising 24 civilian police officers to augment the military police on post.

Dyson said, if elected sheriff, he is "not big on changes" but added, "I do believe that interagency cooperation between the local governments of all the cities in Leavenworth County does need to improve."

He said, "I view the next four years as being very challenging. With the rising gas prices and unemployment, the sheriff's department is going to have to look for ways to keep the rising costs within budget without cutting services."

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