The next county attorney was chosen Thursday evening by the Bourbon County Republican Party at their convention, which was held at the Fort Scott Livestock Market.
Jacqueline Spradling, Spring Hill, was selected to be the next Bourbon County Attorney.
“She threw her hat in the ring at noon today,” Gayle Sackett, Republican Party Chairman, said.
Spradling is replacing Justin Meeks, who remains as Bourbon County Counselor, but served in both capacities prior to January 2.
Spradling graduated in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University; 1998 with a Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University; 1989 with a BA degree in Psychology and Political Science from Washburn University; and in 1987 with an AA from Washburn University, according to information provided by Sackett.
Her experience is as follows:
- 2017 to present – ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY. Allen County Attorney’s Office.
- 2009 to 2017 – CHIEF DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY. Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. In charge of all homicide prosecutions, Chief of the Cold Case Homicide Unit.
- 2007 to 2009 – KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. Assistant Attorney General prosecuting cases of domestic violence. Extensive training was provided to law enforcement and prosecutors on the topic of domestic violence, in addition to carrying a caseload.
- 1991 – 2007 – JOHNSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. Senior Trial Attorney and Section Chief in charge of the domestic violence unit. Previous responsibilities include Section Chief in charge of the Intern Program, Prosecutor on the Drug and White Collar Units.
Sackett, who was vice-chairman previously, led the convention, stepping up after the sudden death of Republican Party Chairman Randall Readinger in late December.
Because of Readinger’s death, the convention was postponed a few days past Meeks last day of January 2.
Following Spradling’s appointment, she will have to run in the November 2018 election, Sackett said.
A letter to certify the election will be sent tomorrow, then the governor will appoint Spradling.
Photos submitted by Vickie Shead.