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AG Derek Schmidt appoints sheriff, police chief to Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission

Release Date: Aug 02, 2019

TOPEKA – (August 2, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has appointed Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr and Marysville Police Chief Todd Ackerman to serve on the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission.

Carr currently serves as the Ford County Sheriff. He was first elected to the position in 2015 after former Sheriff Dean Bush retired prior to the completion of his term of office. Carr’s career began with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 where he has served in numerous capacities in addition to serving as Bucklin Chief of Police from 2006-2015.

Ackerman currently serves as the Marysville Chief of Police. He was named police chief in 1999 after serving in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office for five years. He has served as president of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and president of the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

The Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission was created in May with the passage of House Bill 2290. Under the statute, the attorney general appoints one sheriff and one chief of police to the commission, which will conduct a review of Kansas criminal justice laws and practices including the sentencing grid, diversion programs, specialty courts, healthcare and substance abuse facilities and data management systems. The law requires the commission produce a final report of its findings to the Legislature by December 1, 2020.  

Schmidt will also serve on the commission as a non-voting member in accordance with the statute.  

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