Ken Copeland is endorsing his chief deputy, Chris Jennings, as his replacement. Jennings has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He started his career as a Joplin police officer. The last 24 years have been at Newton County. Jennings adds, most of that time has been as chief deputy, which he believes has prepared him to become sheriff.
“This is not a job where you come in and learn how to do it. I spent 20 years learning how to do it and I feel I’m ready to step into the position,” said Chris Jennings, Newton County Sheriff candidate.
Other candidates have said they plan to file for the race including Mike Langland and Craig Davis.