TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Republican party of Shawnee Co. has elected a former Topeka Police Officer as Sheriff.
Former Topeka Police detective, and current USD 501 police officer Brian Hill will be the next Sheriff of Shawnee County.
In a vote on the third ballot, Hill received 101 votes to KBI official Tony Weingertner's 92 votes.
KBI official Doug Younger and former Linn County Sheriff and retired Shawnee County Court Administrator Don Troth were knocked out in the first two ballots.
All four candidates were qualified for the position, but Hill was the only one who didn’t have administrative experience.
“There’s a lot of good people in place at the Shawnee County Sheriff department. I’m going to tap into those resources and we’re going to move forward,” said Hill.
One of those resources is current Undersheriff Phil Blume. Hill says he’s going to keep Blume in that position.
"Get him up to speed on some of the processes that we deal with, and especially on things like the statutory obligations we have. The big thing for him is the commitment to the public and the expectations that they have, and we will help him in any way possible,” Blume explained.
The vote will then be sent to the Kansas Secretary of State's office, who will then send it to Governor Laura Kelly for appointment.