Jackson County will have filing between May 7 and May 14 for the office of sheriff in the Aug. 7 primary election.
The primary winners will be on the ballot on Nov. 6, when voters will select someone to complete the final two years of former Sheriff Mike Sharp's term.
Sharp, who was re-elected in 2016, resigned last week after court documents revealed an ongoing sexual and inappropriate financial relationship between Sharp and a sheriff's department employee who has an ongoing sexual harassment suit against the county.
County Executive Frank White Jr. has named a nine-person nomination committee to help select an interim sheriff until the elected winner takes office Jan. 1, 2019.
People wishing to declare candidacy can do so beginning at 8 a.m., May 7 at the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St., second floor, Kansas City. The county offices are closed May 8 in honor of Harry Truman's birthday, a state holiday.
The sheriff must be qualified voter who has lived in the county for three years prior to assuming office and has met the state-required training qualification for police officers serving in first-class charter counties. No person who has been convicted of a felony will be eligible.
To help expedite filing, prospective candidates should have a current voter ID card needed to complete the declaration form, a Department of Revenue Form 5120 and affidavit of tax payment. Filing will close at 5 p.m., May 14.
The deadline to apply for interim sheriff is 5 p.m. Monday. Prospective candidates apply by visiting www.jacksongov.org/interimsheriff. The nominating committee will conduct interviews publicly from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Mid-America Regional Council offices, 600 Broadway, Kansas City. Candidates must be Democrat, per county charter, as that is Sharp's affiliation.