The Jackson County Democratic Party Committee has nominated Darryl Forte, the former Kansas City chief of police, to continue as Jackson County sheriff.
Forte, who was appointed interim sheriff May 10 after Mike Sharp resigned in disgrace, will face David Bernal of Lee's Summit in the Nov. 6 general election to complete the final two years of Sharp's term.
Forte received 57 votes from committee members on Tuesday, while Sheriff's Captain Mike Rogers received 17 votes and Rick Inglima, a Lee's Summit Police sergeant and Fraternal Order of Police leader who had announced his candidacy just a few days before the meeting, received 14 votes. Rogers had been one of the finalists when Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. selected Forte as interim sheriff.
Rogers and retired KCPD Sgt. Ramona Arroyo, who did not attend the meeting and did not receive any votes, had been on the primary election ballot with Forte.
A Jackson County judge nullified that election a week before it was to take place, ruling that the county did not have the authority to call the special election. That left the county party committees to select candidates for the general election.
Bernal, a former FBI agent, was selected by the Republican committee Aug. 6.