Ness County sheriff role falls on County Clerk after multiple resignations

Sacha SanguinettiNovember 6, 2018

The undersheriff, three deputies and a dispatcher all submitted their resignations in Ness County Tuesday. This follows the resignation of Bryan Whipple, the embattled county sheriff who faced federal firearms charges. Kansas law states that the duties of sheriff now fall on County Clerk Renee Kerr.

KSA 19-804a reads: “When there shall be no sheriff or undersheriff in any county, it shall be the duty of the county clerk to exercise all the powers and duties of the sheriff of such clerk’s county until a sheriff be elected or qualified.”

Kerr said in a statement that she has appointed Brandon Mitchell as undersheriff and Travis Rothe as a deputy. Ness County has made arrangements with neighboring counties to provide law enforcement support as needed.

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