Police chief will run for county sheriff

Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell

Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell


by Clarke Davis
Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell filed to run for Jefferson County sheriff setting up a primary race in the Republican primary.
Campbell, 40, who has headed the police department in Valley Falls since July 2014, is challenging incumbent Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
The challenger said he is just providing a choice for the voters and that he is unsure how much unrest there is among the voting public.
His decision to run came when someone — yet unnamed — promised to fund his campaign.
“I’ve been asked to run by a few and this person made the decision easier,” he said.
The police chief said he would be campaigning on his own time, off the city’s clock, that he is happy in his current job, which he hopes to keep if he fails to get elected.
The chief’s campaign will be restricted mostly to public events, social media, and the newspapers. He intends to have some T-shirts printed up and hopes to get better known in the various communities that make up Jefferson County.
“I plan to run a positive campaign,” the chief said. “I know the sheriff and like him and have always had a good working relationship with county law enforcement.”
That said, there are perceptions out there that the chief, if elected, would consider changing.
Those perceptions are:
• The department lacks support and leadership.
• The department should be more involved in community events. There should be an increase in non-law enforcement contact with the public.
• The deputies should be traveling more gravel roads instead of blacktop.
To help the bottom line, the candidate would try to rent out more jail cells and look at adding an administrative fee, upward of $28, to anyone being booked into jail.
“It’s difficult to make campaign promises without a closer look at manpower and the budget,” he said, “but these are the concerns people have talked to me about.”
Campbell’s wife, Sandy, is his treasurer. She is an experienced dispatcher and worked for Jefferson County before transferring to Jackson County.
Campbell was born in West Virginia and wound up going to junior high and high school in Houston, Texas, after his parents divorced. His father was a postal worker and his mother was a commercial artist.
He gained supervisory skills in the private sector for 10 to 15 years before going into law enforcement.
He was a supervisor for Target and then managed stores for Hollywood Video in Houston and Nashville. He oversaw a staff of 45 people managing stores for Party City in Houston and San Antonio.
He chose law enforcement after the 9-11 disaster. A younger brother was in law enforcement and he felt the call to serve, that there was “more to life that chasing dollars.”
His first law enforcement job lasted five years in Pawhuska, Okla. He then went to Wellington in Sumner County and worked for the city five years and the sheriff’s department for two years. While there he was a member of the Southern Kansas SWAT Team.
His last job before coming to Valley Falls was at Enterprise where he spent 18 months before he failed to be reappointed by the mayor.
He said that town had had nine chiefs in 10 years. A talk of a lawsuit in that town that stems from his tenure has been verified through a contact with the Enterprise City Hall. The clerk there stated that he is named in the lawsuit.
Campbell is on Facebook at campbellforsheriff2016 and he can be emailed at campbell2016@openmailbox.org.

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