Josh Ney

Josh Ney


Oskaloosa attorney and Jefferson County resident Josh Ney announced this week his intention to file for Jefferson County Attorney this spring. He currently serves dual roles as the Jefferson County Counselor and the Kansas Securities Commissioner.
Ney’s filing will create a Republican primary election race with current County Attorney Jason Belveal, who is seeking re-election.
“After months of meeting with county residents, local business leaders, and governmental officials, I’ve decided that Jefferson County deserves a change in leadership in the County Attorney’s office,” Ney said. “I started my legal career as an assistant prosecutor in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and I would love to have the privilege to return as the elected County Attorney.”
Ney, 32, has developed a diverse, statewide prosecutorial experience over the course of his career, having prosecuted at state, county, and local levels. As the Kansas Securities Commissioner, Ney is currently the state’s chief investment fraud watchdog. In that role, he has prosecuted high-level securities fraud felony cases across the state in cases involving sometimes millions of dollars of stolen money.
During his time in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office under then-Jefferson County Attorneys Caleb Stegall and Bob Fox, Ney handled a diverse caseload of person and non-person felony, misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile offender, and child in need of care matters. In addition to having run a private practice firm for several years, Ney has also served as a city prosecutor in northeast Kansas and currently handles all civil matters for the county as the Jefferson County Counselor.
Ney intends to file for office by petition, which requires that he garner the support of at least 173 — 3 percent — of registered Republicans living in Jefferson County. Ney indicates that the support shown for his campaign in the first few weeks has been overwhelming.
“I’m very honored by the trust and support I’ve received from people across the county by encouraging me to run this year,” said Ney. “I look forward in the coming months to highlighting my plan to bring effective, professional, accessible, and efficient services to Jefferson County residents as their County Attorney.”
On the state level, Ney also previously served on the Kansas Human Rights Commission as the commissioner representing the Kansas legal profession. Like his current securities commissioner post, Ney was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate to that position. He served as a Human Rights Commissioner from 2011 until 2013, when he became the Kansas Securities Commissioner.
Ney is a sixth-generation Kaw Valley Kansan, having grown up on his family’s homestead farm southeast of McLouth. Ney graduated with dean’s honors from the Washburn University School of Law and served as a published staff writer on the Washburn Law Journal. Ney is a member of several professional organizations, including the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, the Kansas County Counselor’s Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.
Ney is active in his church and lives on a farm in southern Jefferson County with his wife, Carol, and their six children.
Ney’s campaign can be contacted by email at info@votejoshney.com, and he intends to feature information about his campaign at votejoshney.com and social media throughout the spring and summer.

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