WICHITA – (April 11, 2019) – Kansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Sandy Horton was recognized for his service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.
Horton was presented the Outstanding Statewide Champion Law Enforcement Award by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony today.
Horton grew up in Crawford County, Kansas, and while still a senior at Pittsburg High School, began his career with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher and jailer. He later held the positions of deputy sheriff, chief deputy sheriff and undersheriff until being appointed sheriff in 1995. Horton served with the sheriff’s office for 33 years with the last 17 of those as sheriff of Crawford County retiring in 2013.
In his capacity as sheriff for the most populous county in Southeast Kansas – and the only county in that corner of the state with a domestic violence/sexual assault shelter – Horton was often in a leadership role to addressing these crimes not only in his county, but in the entire region. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Kansas Victim Information and Notification Everyday system throughout the state, which now operates in 80 county jails in Kansas. His willingness to serve on community response groups, and collaborate with community advocacy groups was noteworthy. In September 2010, Horton was appointed executive director of the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association and still serves in that capacity today.
The Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Laura Kelly. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.
Photo caption: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt presents the Outstanding Statewide Champion Law Enforcement Award to Kansas Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Sandy Horton at the Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.