KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's a new leader of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and it's a name you probably know.
Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. announced Thursday a committee has selected former KCPD Chief Darryl Forte to serve as the Jackson County Sheriff for the remainder of the year.
Forte retired as KCPD chief in May 2017 after five and a half years in the role. At the time of his retirement announcement, Forte said he felt he was at a time in his life when he needed rest.
Forte is now the first African American to lead the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
“He understands regardless of our race, our gender, our economic status or education, we all want the same thing. We all want to live a safe and enjoyable life,” White Jr. said.
Forte says he's up for the challenge.
“I promise you I`ll run hard every day,” Forte said Thursday.
The new sheriff did not take questions after being sworn in and getting his badge.
But during his job interview last week, Forte talked about having an extensive plan, ready to roll out. He wants to meet with every sheriff's department employee personally, review union agreements and training policies.
He even says he'll call former Sheriff Mike Sharp for input. Sharp resigned amid scandal last month.
“I’ll say, 'Hey. What are some of the issues you were dealing with?’” Forte said.
Forte said he's already been out traveling his new jurisdiction around Jackson County, meeting with those he'll now serve.
“Everyone I wanted to stop and talk to, they were receptive,” he said.
And he's looking forward to organizing community forums immediately to get a good grip on what matters most.
“I’ll be out in the community like I have since I submitted my application and talking to people and finding out their concerns,” Forte said.
Forte edged out a dozen candidates in all and was among five who made the cut for interviews, ultimately beating out two other finalists. A nine-member panel interviewed the top five candidates Friday and released the list of three finalists Monday.
The other two finalists were Rosilyn Allen, a retired Kansas City Police major; and Michael Rogers, a patrol enforcement captain with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Right now, Forte is just the interim sheriff. He's already filed to run for the position in November.
Three other candidates who interviewed for interim also plan to run for the office.
The filing deadline for sheriff’s candidates entering the race in the November election is May 14. A primary will be held in August and a general election in November.