Following last Friday's interviews, a nominating committee has recommended three finalists to help Jackson County Executive Frank White appoint an interim sheriff for the remainder of the year.
The nine-person committee recommended Rosilyn Allen, retired Kansas City Police major; Darryl Forte, retired KC Police chief; and Mike Rogers, patrol enforcement captain for the Sheriff's Office.
White will interview the finalists and said he expects to make a final selection this week.
The other two candidates interviewed by the committee were Ramona Arroyo, retired KC Police sergeant, and James Ripley, retired Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant.
“The committee believes we have chosen the top three candidates who exemplify the leadership, integrity and commitment to move the Sheriff’s Office forward,” Alfred Jordan, county legislator and committee chairperson, said in a release.
The interim sheriff will serve until the end of 2018, when an elected sheriff will take over to complete the final two years of Mike Sharp's term following Sharp's resignation under duress last month. Sharp, who was re-elected in 2016, resigned 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.
The county will have filing Wednesday to Monday for the Aug. 7 primary election for sheriff. People wishing to declare candidacy can do so at the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St., 2nd Floor, Kansas City. The county offices are closed today in honor of Harry Truman's birthday. Filing will close at 5 p.m., Monday.
– The Examiner staff