Sheriff Donald Ash
Donald (Don – Donnie) is sixty-five (65) years old, was raised and has lived in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas his entire life. He is married to Traci and they have three sons, two grandsons, two granddaughters, and a very playful German Shepherd in their extended family. Don was elected Sheriff in 2009, re-elected unopposed in 2013, and re-elected to a historic third term in 2017.
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, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management of Human Relations and a Masters Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership, both 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 and Supervisor, Community Policing Unit Commander, and Division Commander for Central, South, and West Patrols. He was and is an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police in both the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office. Don attended the 211th 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’s are members at Maywood Community Church where Don continues to serve in various leadership positions such as worship leader and Adult Sunday School teacher.
Sheriff Ash has also served as a Board member for various community groups such as The Wyandotte County Sports Association, Veronica’s Voice Ministries, The Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas, The Family Conservancy and The Wyandotte Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs. He is currently serving his third 4-year term on the Board of Trustees at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Don has also been a registered football and basketball official over the years with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, and has coached baseball, football, and basketball many years through the WYCO Sports Association. From 1990-2012, he coached basketball and football at Piper Middle School. Sheriff Ash has received numerous letters of recognition and commendations over his 45 years of continuous law enforcement service from the police department and various community groups. He attributes his success to having been fortunate to have good people that developed in him a strong moral, ethical, educational, and professional foundation.
“Leadership by example” best describes Undersheriff Larry Roland. He began his police career in 1972 as a police cadet with the Kansas City, KS Police Department. For the next (2 ½) years he worked several assignments within the department and attended college prior to becoming a commissioned officer in 1974. Being from a family that was spiritually sound, he was also taught the benefit taking care of family, and education.
Obtaining college degree was not an option and he received his Undergraduate Degree from
B.A.: Wichita State University & Park University
M.A: Grambling State University
As a patrol officer with the police department Undersheriff Roland worked various details such as:
- air support division (helicopter)
- Special Weapons & Tactics, and;
- accident investigation
In the summer of 1981 Undersheriff Roland was offered and accepted employment with the Kansas Highway Patrol and remained until he retired January 1, 2006 after achieving the rank of Master Trooper. As a state trooper he had area assignments of Leavenworth, Wichita, and Kansas City. During his employment he received many accolades for DUI enforcement, criminal apprehension, and community service.
As a state trooper he was a much sought after trainer and speaker regarding the subject of Street Gangs after receiving his initial training with the Los Angeles, California Police Department CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums), and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s OSS (Operation Safe Streets). Undersheriff Roland also became an instructor in Special Weapons and Tactics and has been an adjunct instructor in several schools. He also maintains membership in several tactical associations, and is noted for his networking ability.
For (3) years after being retired he was offered the position of Undersheriff from the newly elected Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash a close friend and co-worker (35 ) years.
Undersheriff Roland in his leisure time is very active in his church, and can be seen with his family along with the four grandchildren. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He also enjoys reading, and is the family historian maintaining the family scrapbook and family tree.
During the many visits with the deputies of the agency you can hear him make the statement “we will lead this agency not by fear on intimidation, but by expectation.”