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, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and is the longest serving Sheriff in Cape Girardeau County history.


Sheriff John Jordan is a 35 year law enforcement veteran of which the last 21 years has been as Sheriff of Cape Girardeau County. He 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.   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.

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 distributed over $18,000,000 to rural Sheriffs and Drug Tasks Forces in Missouri from 2001 to 2010. Jordan received a Congressional Citation and was also honored by the DEA Administration for the success of the program.

Sheriff Jordan is known for his support of the second amendment and was one the first Missouri Sheriffs to testify before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of Missouri’s citizens to obtain concealed carry permits.   

Sheriff Jordan serves or has served on the following boards: SEMO Drug Task Force, Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad, the Women’s Safe House, Missouri Midwest HIDTA, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement Board.   In 2011 Sheriff Jordan served as President of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association. Jordan is a long standing member of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee and has testified on numerous law enforcement bills in the Missouri House and Senate during his tenure.

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


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