Murdock announces candidacy for Sheriff

PROMO LAW Kiowa County Sheriffs Car - Chris Sorensen
Published Tuesday, February 22, 2022

After much consideration I, Kayla Murdock, have decided to run for Kiowa County Sheriff.

When Sheriff Frazee came to me to discuss running for Sheriff, I realized that time is of the essence.

He reassured me that I was ready, as I've worked the budget and policies, know the citizens, trained in advanced investigations, and show the drive that the Sheriff's Office needs. As he steps down, I'd like to continue serving the community as he has done.

I have lived in Kiowa County most of my life and graduation from Eads High School in 2004.

I obtained my Associates Degree in Business in 2007 from Colorado Mesa University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business in 2009 from Adams State University. I put to use my knowledge of budgets and management, then utilized my degree as an Operations Manager for the family business from 2005 to 2020.

In 2019, I joined the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office as an administrative assistant, working in the office on the budget, as evidence technician and processing citations.  I would spend my Fridays and Saturdays doing ride-along with the deputies, and like a sponge, taking in everything that I could.

December 2020, I attended the Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Academy and graduated as "Top Cop" of my class. After graduating from the Academy, I re-joined the Kiowa County Sheriff Office and worked my way to Corporal in November 2021 and the first part of February this year, promoted to Sergeant.

I am a certified Radar instructor and trained in Advanced Search and Seizure and Investigations. 

In November 2021 I became certified as a Field Training Officer and  have trained the three new deputies that have recently joined our Sheriff's Office. 

It has been beneficial being a hometown girl, showing the new deputies around and explaining what makes our community tick. I believe it is important for the deputies to know the community on a personal level so that we can build and maintain trust and integrity. 

I have also written successful grants to aid the Sheriff's Office and will continue to do so as we move forward.

I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I hope  the citizens of Kiowa County have seen that passion while I am working.  Whether it be school zones in the morning, patrolling the towns, assisting other agencies or taking calls, a big part of my focus for the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office is to be proactive.  

We aren't paid to sit in the office and take calls as they come.  The community should feel safe and at ease to call the Sheriff's Office, and know that we will arrive quickly, serve and protect them. 

My door is always open, and I'm willing to listen.  I'm not afraid to put in the work, and I have the passion, knowledge and connections to get the job done.  I worked on the budget and policies in the office, which gives me a huge advantage over the other candidates. 

I have the blessing and support by Sheriff Frazee and by the previous Sheriff, Casey Sheridan.  I will utilize these connections, as well as train and adapt to the ever-changing world of law enforcement.

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