A message from Mike
Dear Jackson County friends and residents,
As your former Sheriff, and now a candidate in the August Democratic primary election, I am proud of what I accomplished during my time sitting in the top law enforcement seat. I served as President of the Missouri Sheriff's Association and was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Missouri State Drug Task Force. It is also important for me to acknowledge that I made some mistakes, and, specifically, let my personal life interrupt with the office. For that, I owe all of Jackson County an apology.
During that extremely difficult time in my life, I learned an important lesson, and a lesson that will keep me focused this time around. I want everyone to understand that this campaign will focus on the positive plans I have for the elected office for the future, not past issues. We all make mistakes and we all endure tough times. The benefit of hindsight helps us understand our mistakes and learn from them. Since we cannot go back in time, it's what we learn from those mistakes and how we move forward that defines us and will ultimately determine how great an impact we can have on those around us.
I am excited to run for another term as Sheriff of Jackson County, Missouri. I will once again strive to improve community relations and champion positive change within the office that beneficially impacts the men and women who serve our needs so selflessly each day. For a long time, Jackson County has been in need of a new jail and I have a strong resolve to bring that to fruition. A new jail creates safer, cleaner and more efficient operations to the staff and those incarcerated.
My plan as Sheriff will be to continue the many improvements that I worked hard to facilitate, such as close supervision of the 2,200 convicted sex offenders in Jackson County, vastly improving courthouse security and providing a better environment for the essential first responders and staff at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
The support I have received during a difficult time in my life reaffirms my desire to make a positive impact in my community and to make a difference for my friends, my family and my neighbors. I am looking forward to once again serving as your Sheriff.
Michael Sharp was sworn in as Jackson County Sheriff in January 2009. As Sheriff of the second largest county in Missouri he brought over thirty years of law enforcement experience as well as over 20 years of business management experience to his position. During Michael’s tenure with Jackson County, he was not only devoted to improving and advancing the practices and procedures of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, but he was also devoted to being involved and active with community organizations. These organizations include Ararat Shrine, AF & AM Lodge, Elks Lodge of Blue Springs, Elks Lodge of Lee’s Summit, Summit Democratic Club, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc., Lee’s Summit Rotary Club, and Jackson County Democratic Club.
In addition to bringing leadership, management and consistency to the Jackson County Sheriffs Office, Mike served on many boards and committees throughout the metropolitan area in leadership roles. This allowed the Jackson County Sheriff’s office to have a greater presence within the community and build stronger coloration with other surrounding agencies.
Mike has received several honors and awards on the local, state and national level. He is devoted to bringing awareness and opportunities to not only Jackson County, Missouri, but also the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Missouri Sheriff’s Association
Justice Assistant Grant (JAG) Drug Task Force
Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association
Jackson County Drug Task Force
Jackson County Youth Court Board Member
Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee
Mid-America Regional Council Emergency Services Committee
Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee Law Enforcement and Emergency Services
Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee Special Advisors and Emergency Services
2006 Award of Valor, Kansas City Police Department
2009 Sworn in as Jackson County Sheriff
2009 National Sheriff’s Institute Graduate
2010 Regional Patriot Award
2010 Presidents Volunteer award
2010 243 class of national FBI Academy Graduate
2011 Inducted into Lees Summit High School Hall of Fame
2011 Patriot Award
2011 Missouri Sheriff’s Association Board Of Directors
2011 State of Missouri Patriot Award
NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION
“Mike observed a violent domestic assault in progress. He, at personal risk, exited his vehicle, placed the suspect under arrest, and held the suspect at shotgun point. My Deputies arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody and transported him to our jail.”
"Sheriff Sharp, thank you for your service to the citizens of Cole County, the State of Missouri, and all Missouri Sheriffs. Today, you set a fine example to us all. You did what was right simply because it was right."
— Greg White, Sheriff, Cole County, Missouri
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