COVID, cancer claim life of former Shawnee Co. Sheriff Dick Barta

Richard "Dick" Barta died Wednesday due to complications from COVID-19.  He served as SNCO...
Richard "Dick" Barta died Wednesday due to complications from COVID-19. He served as SNCO Sheriff for 12 years.(Kansas Peace Officer's Assoc.)
Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 10:03 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Former Shawnee County Sheriff Richard “Dick” Barta died Wednesday at the age of 74.

Barta served as Shawnee County’s Sheriff for 12 years before retiring in 2012.

Current Shawnee County Sheriff Brian Hill said with great sadness and a heavy heart that retired Sheriff Barta passed away peacefully in his home.

The Kansas Peace Officers Association said Barta was also a retired Kansas Highway Patrol Major. It said he passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Barta’s family also says the former lawman had also been battling blood cancer.

KHP Col. Herman Jones said, “Dick Barta was a model law enforcement officer who took the moral high road at every turn. He was a calming force for so many, a good friend, and the reason why I joined the Kansas Highway Patrol in the mid-1980′s. Dick never had a bad thing to say about anyone and always tried to see the good in people. Heaven gained another saint.”

In memory of Retired KHP Major and former Shawnee County Sheriff Richard “Dick” W. Barta who passed away late Wednesday evening, December 9, 2020.

Posted by Kansas Peace Officers Association on Thursday, December 10, 2020

No other details have been released.

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