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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nodaway County's Youngest Sheriff - James B. Prather

James B. Prather was elected sheriff of Nodaway County in 1856, just eleven years after the county was officially recognized by the state legislature. He was and remains the youngest man ever elected to the office of sheriff in Nodaway County. He was just twenty-five years old. Mr. Prather was one of the early settlers of the county. He bred high-quality thoroughbred horses. He was a founding member and Master Mason (1867) of the Maryville Masonic Lodge #470. He was a founder of Nodaway Valley Bank in Maryville. And, he was later appointed to serve on the Missouri State Board of Health.

(Photo courtesy of Masonic Lodge #470 of Maryville, Missouri.)

Nodaway County's First Sheriff

Nodaway County was officially founded on February 14, 1845. Its first sheriff was Bartlett Woodward Curl. He served during the year 1845.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Some Expertise Required in Everything

Recent research on another project has me reading the exploits of former sheriffs from Nodaway County's past. 

It is remarkable the wide range of issues sheriffs have to deal with: burglaries, thefts, car accidents, political issues with commissioners, court-related issues, investigations, the day-to-day of administration and personnel management, changes in technology and implementing those in their department, management of the county jail or law enforcement center, and enforcing the laws, drafting and implementing internal policies, managing equipment, and making sure everyone is trained according to state requirements. And, there's usually more than that.. They have to have some expertise in a wide variety of areas in order to do their jobs well. Public relations skills are critical as the biggest part of their day is in dealing with people from every walk of life who may find themselves in difficult circumstances.