Wichita Police Department Capt. Jeff Easter plans to run for Sedgwick County Sheriff.
Easter said his campaign will focus on innovative ways to combat jail overcrowding, consolidation of some services between the sheriff’s office and Wichita police and creation of a drug interdiction unit.
“I believe there should be some consolidation of services between the sheriff’s office and police, like database systems,” Easter said Friday. “We should operate on one system. I also think there is some different type of records sections, property and evidence, narcotics sections that could be combined.”
Easter, 43, is in his 23rd year with the Police Department and has been a captain for four years. He plans to hold a formal campaign announcement on Tuesday.
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He is a Republican and will face Sheriff Robert Hinshaw in the Aug. 7 primary election. Hinshaw is running for a second term.
Jill Ward, friend of Easter’s family, will serve as his campaign chairwoman. Recently retired homicide lieutenant Ken Landwehr will be Easter’s campaign treasurer.
Easter said he will press for a drug interdiction unit along U.S. Highway 54 and I-135 in which deputies would patrol the thoroughfares.
“For years around here, we’ve been battling small-time narcotics users and small-time narcotics sellers. Drugs drive crime rates in Sedgwick County, and this could help stem the flow of narcotics,” he said.
Easter lives in Colwich and is married with four children.