CHEROKEE COUNTY, KS.--- The 2013 Kansas Sheriff of the Year is right here in the Four States. Sheriff David Groves of Cherokee County accepted the prestigious award last night at a ceremony in Hutchinson. Sheriff Groves says he feels absolutely honored to have been chosen. The Kansas Sheriff's Association looks for public servants that go above and beyond for the community they serve.
"It's more an award for this office than me personally," said Sheriff David Groves, Cherokee County.
Sheriff Groves was nominated by his under-sheriff, Terry Clugston and by former Crawford County sheriff, Sandy Horton.
"I'm just really proud of our office. Like I said last night, it's not so much what I've done because this is completely a joint effort," said Sheriff Groves.
Those efforts include his under sheriff, his deputies, jailers and even his support staff.
"If we didn't have a dedicated, talented staff like we do, I wouldn't have the opportunity and the time to take on some of these additional projects," said Sheriff Groves.
Sheriff Groves thinks his "School Seatbelt Safe" program and his support of legislation to increase the penalties for selling drugs are the main reasons why he received the award.
"We're real proud of getting that legislation passed and that was a lot of work on the part of a lot of different people," said Sheriff Groves.
He also wants to give credit to the residents who live within cherokee county. Sheriff groves says it would be really tough to be successful without the cooperation of the community.
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