Former sheriff’s deputy and Johnson County Commissioner Calvin Hayden on Tuesday defeated competitors John Resman and Dennis Hammer to become the county’s next top law enforcement officer.
With no Democrats running for the office, Hayden’s 2.5 percent edge over Resman in the primary essentially earn him the right to replace Frank Denning as Johnson County Sheriff. (Denning chose not to run for reelection).
The three candidates were all former deputies in the department, and shared remarkably similar views about the top challenges facing the agency. All three agreed that the top priority for the sheriff’s department is addressing staffing issues that have led to massive overtime costs. They all indicated they were strongly against privatizing the county jail.
The vote total from Tuesday’s primary were as follows: Hayden, 18,188 (36.72 percent); Resman, 16,971 (34.26 percent); Hammer, 14,376 (29.02 percent).
Hayden, who lives in Gardner, spent 28 years with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office before serving four years as the District 6 County Commissioner. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and U.S. Army Reserves.