Salute the Badge: Sheriff Tim Morse
Resources often are spread thin for law enforcement agencies. That's why Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse doesn't manage his deputies from behind a desk.
"He's out day and night with everybody," said Undersheriff Darrel Chapman.
He's more likely out, patrolling the hundreds of miles stretched across Jackson County.
"There is no off duty for Sheriff Morse. There is no off duty. If it's a weekend. If it's a kids camp. If it's a parade. If it's just coming out at 3 o'clock in the morning and you're doing a traffic stop and you look around, and guess who's pulling up behind ya. The sheriff is there," Deputy Joe Romans said.
"The funnest things to me is being able to work with my staff. For a rural county with very little industry and very little revenue, I happen to have some very excellent law enforcement officers. Some of the best in the state," Sheriff Morse said with pride.
But this wasn't what he wanted to do with his life. His interest started in Emergency management or EMS. Jobs at the Perry and Onega Police Departments, then the Jackson County Sheriff Office turned into a career that's spanned more than 20 years.
"It turned out being a profession that I really love, and I've never lost the excitement of putting the uniform on every day. I've always been just as excited as day one going to work," he touted.
Now as sheriff, he still recalls those early days.
"I never forgot that I was a cop first. I've always wanted to be the sheriff that I would want to work for. That's what I've always tried to do. I've always tried to take care of my staff. Making sure that they have the very best training possible and they very best equipment that I could provide for them," More promised.
He says sometimes those decisions are outside the box. Recently, he teamed with the Shawnee County Sheriff to cross deputize staff from both agencies.
"We're close to the metropolitan area of Topeka and we do have some of those big city issues that we have to deal with. And we have to deal with it with the resources that we have. I think it's smart to partner together because there's some things that I have that other agencies don't have and they have skills or expertise that I don't have," he said.
Sheriff Morse admits he'll make a mistake from time to time. But in the end, as long as he's helped the people of Jackson County, he can call it a good day.
"I'm just the guy coordinating it. But I have a wonderful team here, with a lot of talent. People that care about this community. They put their life out on the line every single day," Morse said beaming with pride.