Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office
Jackson, Missouri
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Biography of Sheriff John Jordan


John Jordan (R) Sheriff of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri was first elected in November 1994 to fill an unexpired term.  Sheriff Jordan was subsequently re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008

Sheriff John Jordan is an experienced lawman having started his career in law enforcement while attending Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi. Jordan then worked in Bollinger County, Missouri and became the Chief Deputy.  He began his career with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 where he served as Chief of Detectives (Lieutenant) until being elected as Sheriff of Cape Girardeau County in 1994. Sheriff Jordan is a former narcotics agent and commander of the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad. Sheriff Jordan is also a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colorado.

Sheriff Jordan has instituted many Community oriented programs since being elected Sheriff. Some of those include the D.A.R.E. program, the Community Police Officer program by obtaining a COPS Grant.  He is an original founding member of the first SALT Council (Seniors & Lawmen Together) west of the Mississippi River.  Sheriff Jordan wrote and received a 1.5 Million-Dollar Grant from the United States Marshals Office to aid in the construction of the new Cape Girardeau County Justice Center, which opened for business on March 13, 2001.

Sheriff Jordan serves or has served on the following boards: SEMO Drug Task Force, Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad, the Safe House for Women, Missouri Midwest HIDTA, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement Board.  In April of 2000, Sheriff Jordan was appointed by U.S. Senator Christopher Bond to write and oversee an anti-methamphetamine program for the state of Missouri. Jordan was made fiduciary agent of over $6,000,000.00 to be distributed statewide to fight methamphetamine throughout rural Missouri.  The MOSMART program continues today and has distributed over $18,000,000 to rural Sheriffs and Drug Tasks Forces in Missouri.  Sheriff Jordan is the 2nd Vice President of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association and will assume the role of President in 2012.

Sheriff Jordan enjoys spending time with his family and hobbies include hunting and fishing and other outdoor activities. 


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