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Missouri sheriffs
6:23 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Too Easy To Qualify For Sheriff In Missouri, Sheriffs Say

Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff John Jordan (R) testifies before the Mo. House Interim Committee on Operations of the Office of Sheriff on Nov. 26th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Sheriffs from around Missouri want state lawmakers to tighten the requirements needed to become a county’s sheriff.

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan (R) told a State House committee today that the only current requirements for potential candidates are that they are “breathing,” and can pay the $50 filing fee.  He wants lawmakers to craft legislation that would require sheriff’s candidates to have prior law enforcement experience.

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