As I begin my term as President of the Kansas Sheriffs Association I first would like to thank all of those who voted for me two years ago as your Second Vice-President and who continue to support me today. I also truly appreciate the support of my wife Jean and my family along with the employees of the Gray County Sheriff's Office and the citizens we serve.
As you know the Office of Sheriff is the oldest law enforcement position in the United States. We should all take this position as serious as those before us and treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves. As Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been quoted, "The Sheriff is indeed the ultimate law enforcement authority in his County. He is not a bureaucrat and he does not answer to one. The Sheriff is the employee of the people and exists to serve and protect them in all matters."
We as Sheriff's must always embrace these beliefs and not only serve and protect our citizens but do it with the utmost integrity and fairness. Those of us that do this should look in the mirror every day and see the reflection of ourselves as a person of respect and integrity. If we can do this then we can expect the same of others.
Years ago my Father, in his re-election bid for Sheriff, would hand out re-election cards titled the "Sheriffs Job." At the conclusion of the card he would write his final thoughts on the Office of Sheriff. "So, it's quite the game, if you stay right in then you will get a pat on the back and a sock in the chin. But, I like it and I'm shedding no tears and I'd like to be your Sheriff for another four years." Let's all remember that every day is an election day and that the pats on the back will be few. But, it is our chosen duty to serve and we should strive to do so with the respect that the Office of Sheriff deserves.
The Kansas Sheriffs Association continues to serve and support our members and I really appreciate the efforts of our Executive Director Sandy Horton and all of those who voluntarily serve on the Executive Board, the various committees, advisory groups and regional councils. This is a great Association and it is and can only remain so by the efforts of all of us.
Sheriff Jim Kramer