Sheriff Donald Ash is fifty-five (55) years old and was raised right here in Wyandotte County. He has lived in the County his entire life, all in Kansas City, Kansas.
Sheriff Ash is a graduate from Washington High School, Class of 1971. He has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Kansas City Kansas Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management of Human Relations from Mid-America Nazarene University. Don began his law enforcement career as a Police Cadet for the Kansas City Kansas Police Department in February, 1972, and served continuously through December, 2006 when he took his pension. During his career Don served in patrol, the tactical unit, Research & Development/Media Relations Officer, D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. Program Coordinator/Supervisor, Accreditation Project Manager, South Patrol Division Executive Officer, Community Policing Unit Commander, and Division Commander for Central, South, and West Patrols. He was also an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police in good standing up until his pension date. Don attended the 211 th Session of the FBI National Academy Training Program where he obtained a number of post-graduate credit hours.
Sheriff Ash was a member for several years at High Point Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon, and served in a number of leadership positions such as youth leader, finance committee chairman, song leader, and chairman of Deacons. Currently, the Ash family are members at Maywood Community Church where Don continues to serve in various leadership positions such as worship leader, Adult Sunday School teacher, and occasionally on special ad-hoc committees such as long-range planning and pastoral search.
Sheriff Ash has received numerous letters of recognition and commendations over his 35 years of continuous law enforcement service from the police department and various community groups. He has also served on the board for various community groups such as the Wyandotte County Sports Association, Veronica’s Voice Ministries, The Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Sheriff Ash has also been a registered football and basketball official over the years with the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Don also coached baseball, football, and basketball many years through the Wyandotte County Sports Association. Since 1990, he has coached basketball and football at Piper Middle School.