Herman T. Jones, II

2013 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

Herman Jones Portrait

Wyandotte High School, 1976

The words of his father have always guided Herman Jones’ life. He said, “If you take some and you leave some, there will always be some.”

By listening and absorbing, training and mentoring, Jones has shaped and developed his life and career, and along the way, he has touched countless lives.

Jones is the sheriff of Shawnee County, Kansas. As the top administrator for the sheriff’s office, his responsibility is to serve and protect the citizens of the state. He made history by being the first black sheriff to be elected.

His interest in law enforcement was sparked when he took a job as a dispatcher for the campus police while he was a student at Emporia State University. He soon became a student night guard, then a campus police officer. Along the way, he continued to learn and build relationships with law enforcement officials. These relationships opened doors for him, leading to many opportunities for growth and advancement. Throughout his career he has been an officer with the Emporia Police Department, and a state trooper, academy instructor and a senior administrator with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He spent eight years as a police instructor for the University of Kansas’ Law Enforcement Training Center. He has led classes in firearms, officer safety, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation and accident investigation.

Growing up in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Jones was influenced and inspired by male role models like Tom Rhone at Wyandotte High School, and Carl Bruce at Northwest Junior High. They were stern but loving, and they pushed students to succeed.

Jones shares his gifts and knowledge through his involvement in law enforcement and community organizations. These include his church, the Kansas Peace Officer Association, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, United Way and Boy Scouts of America. He is a big brother for Big Brothers and Sisters of Topeka.