VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Two county officers on the ballot for sheriff in Morgan County

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.



The Morgan County Sheriff is responsible for supervising the Morgan County Jail and the court security. The sheriff’s office will answer all calls about criminal activity. The sheriff is also responsible for ensuring that civil papers are served, as well as other standard law enforcement duties. The sheriff receives a salary of $50,000 per year plus the cost of living.

JIM PETTY, D-Versailles

Address: 15770 Sale Barn Road, Versailles, MO 65084

Personal: Age 67. He is married with two sons and one daughter.

Website: No campaign website.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Central Missouri State University; graduated from the Highway Patrol Academy and the National Sheriff’s Academy.

Occupation: Current sheriff. Formerly a highway patrolman for 25 years.

Background: Member of the MoSMART board appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon. He has a total of 36 years experience in law enforcement.

KENDALL CONKLIN, R-Versailles      

Address: 18091 Mysticle Lane, Versailles, MO 65084

Personal: Age 42. He is married with two sons and one daughter.

Website: No campaign website.

Education: Graduated from Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy; studying criminal justice through Drury University.

Occupation: Currently unemployed.

Background: Approximately eight years of law enforcement experience as a sheriff’s deputy for Miller County and a city police officer for the city of Laurie.

Public Administrator


The Morgan County Public Administrator is an official elected for a four-year term. The public administrator is responsible for acting as a guardian and/or conservator for those individuals who the court determines are disabled or incapacitated. The public administrator will work with those individuals and their families to make decisions in the best interest of the individual. The public administrator receives a salary of $45,000 per year plus the cost of living.


Address: 13465 Market Road, Versailles, MO 65084

Personal: Age 56. She is married with one son.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln University; master of education in guidance counseling from Lincoln University.

Occupation: Licensed professional counselor. She is licensed to perform counseling and mental health therapy.

Background: Served as the administrator for the local office of Burrell Behavioral Health in 1999. She has 15 years of experience working with disabled and incapacitated individuals. She also has experience as a business owner from 1979 to 1992.


Address: 16527 Highway C, Versailles, MO 65084

Personal: Age 38. She is married with two daughters.

Website: Facebook group “Elect Amanda Huffman for Morgan Co. Public Administrator”

Education: Dental assistant certificate from Nichols Career Center.

Occupation: Currently unemployed.

Background: Worked with Family Support Division for 12 years helping disabled individuals.

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