Daniel Jackson was sworn in as Geary County’s new sheriff during a ceremony at the Geary County Office Building Thursday.
Jackson took his oath in front of a full room of county officials and law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s department, as well as the Junction City Police Department.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be appointed sheriff of Geary County,” Jackson said. “I’m excited and ready to get to work.”
Geary County Republican Central Committee delegates voted to nominate Jackson to serve as sheriff for the remainder of recently resigned Tony Wolf’s term during a May 4 convention at the Geary County Senior Center. Wolf resigned from the position after pleading no contest to charges of theft and misuse of public funds in Geary County District Court April 26.
Wolf served as a Republican, and delegates nominated two Republican sheriff’s department employees who expressed interest in the job — Jackson and Undersheriff Brad Clark — for the position during the convention. After both candidates fielded questions from delegates, they voted to nominate Jackson — by a vote of 27-9 — to serve as sheriff. Gov. Laura Kelly issued her approval of Jackson’s nomination this week, giving delegates the go-ahead to swear him in for the position.