Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sheriff files paperwork for bid at re-election

February 20, 2008

Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner contends that there's more work to be done in his department.

That's why he filed for re-election Feb. 1.

The 61-year-old Zoellner, Democrat, will run for a second term in the August election.

"I haven't finished what I started," Zoellner said.

During his tenure as sheriff, Zoellner has created parity in pay for detention officers and increased patrol districts in Leavenworth County. He also established a professional standards unit to address the needs of recruitment, personnel and internal investigations. Zoellner has also been involved in the design and upgrade of the countywide public safety communications project, due to be completed in 2009.

In addition, the sheriff has worked toward the completion of a jail kitchen and work release area, at no cost to taxpayers because of funds that were available from the Justice Center sales tax, Zoellner said.

Zoellner, who has 39 years total experience with the department, served on the Board of Governors for the Kansas Peace Officers' Association and the Board of Directors for the Alliance Against Family Violence. Currently, he serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the FBI's Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, the Board of Directors for the Leavenworth County Community Corrections, and the Eastern Kansas Multi-County Arson Task Force.

In addition, he's a member of the Kansas Peace Officers' Association, Kansas Sheriffs' Association, National Sheriffs' Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, Kansas Narcotics Officers' Association, and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

As for community involvement, he's coached little league through travelers' baseball, middle school basketball and football, as well as high school football at Immaculata and Leavenworth high schools.

Born and raised in Leavenworth, Zoellner and his wife have two children and a grandson.

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