Moore will pin on sheriff’s star

Register City Editor

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Woodson County Republicans nominated Shannon Moore to replace Sheriff David Waddell when he leaves office in late November.

Woodson County soon will have a new sheriff, one whose family has roots in law enforcement that extend back to 1899.
Shannon Moore, Allen County undersheriff since 2005, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning she was nominated Monday night by Woodson County Republicans to replace Woodson County Sheriff David Waddell. Waddell, after being charged with two counts of filing false information and two counts of official misconduct by the Kansas attorney general’s office, resigned effective Nov. 25.
Moore’s nomination was forwarded to Gov. Mark Parkinson for confirmation, traditionally a formality.
Moore expects to start work as a deputy in Woodson County in late October, an arrangement she said Waddell had approved, and then take the reins on Nov. 26. The final two years of the current sheriff’s term will be filled at the 2010 general election. Moore said she would run for the unexpired term and would seek a full four-year term in 2012.
“I’m the kind of person who thinks when you start something you need to see it through,” Moore said. “I plan to be there until they get tired of me.”
Moore said she hadn’t given more than casual thought to the opening until a few days ago when several Woodson County residents called to encourage her to seek the nomination.
“That got me to thinking about it,” she said. “I knew Woodson County had some very good deputies and I thought with good leadership they could be a very good team.”
Woodson has 10 officers, seven full time, in addition to the sheriff.

MOORE’S great-great-grandfather started a law enforcement career with the Chanute Police Department in 1899. He later served as Neosho County sheriff and was a U.S. marshal. Her father, Ron Moore, spent 28 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2000 to work full time at his business, Iola Office Supply. He was Allen County sheriff for 20 years.
A 1988 graduate of Humboldt High School, Shannon Moore attended Wichita State University where she majored in criminal administration and justice and minored in child psychology.
She began her law enforcement career as an Iola dispatcher in 1995 and later that year became an Iola patrol officer, after completing courses at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson. She was named IPD’s detective in 1999, which had her involved in many drug cases, some with federal agents, an aggravated robbery case and home invasions. Moore’s duties as undersheriff, include supervision of deputies and did investigative work.
She intends to move to Woodson County.
Sheriff Tom Williams said he would not immediately name a replacement for Moore, though he prefers to have a new undersheriff in place before Moore leaves the force.