As we reported early last week, former Jewell County Sheriff Jonas McEntire tendered his resignation on Monday, August 3. In a quick turnaround, the resignation was effective on Wednesday, August 5. The Jewell County Republican Party committee, which consists of nine members, will appoint a new sheriff at a meeting scheduled for Monday, August 24. The interim sheriff will serve the duration of what would have been McEntire’s elected term which will be about a year and a half.
In the interim, Don Jacobs will fill the position vacated by McEntire who is moving to Topeka. In his statement announcing his resignation on Monday McEntire said he had accepted a position that relates to his education which he recently completed. In an article in Thursday’s Jewell County Record, McEntire also said his wife had accepted a teaching position in Topeka, and he has chosen to follow his family.
McEntire served in Jewell County law enforcement for 12 years as a reserve deputy, an investigator, as under-sheriff, and was originally appointed as sheriff in 2010 after the resignation of Dave Fullerton. McEntire was later elected to a full term in 2012. So the appointment of a new mid term sheriff is nothing new to Jewell County in recent years.
The nine member committee who will appoint a new, official sheriff in the county consists of Keith Roe and Linda Ost of Center Township, Kenny Mizner of Esbon Township, Paul Wilson of Holmwood Township, Arnold Ross, Jackson Township, Fred Eilert and Kristin Underwood of Limestone Township, Natalie Frost of Whitemound Township and Calvin Township resident Curtis Saint.
Following the committees recommendation out of the August 24th meeting, the governor will be informed of the their choice and make the appointment official.