Late last night (May 22), Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss announced that he is retiring as Sheriff, via his Facebook page.

It is with mixed emotions that I make this post. Today I officially announced my retirement from the office of sheriff. While I am very excited to begin a new journey in life, I will truly miss the men and women who have served with me over the past seventeen and a half years. To the citizens of Johnson County, I say thank you. Thank you for granting me the honor and privilege to serve as your sheriff. I have always tried to serve with integrity and honesty. While there are many reasons that led me to this decision the main reason is my personal well being. Sometimes, people can become so engrossed in their work that they fail to take note of the impact that such an engrossment can have on their personal health. While I am in good health now, my friends, family, and doctors have advised me to take direct steps to reduce the level of stress in my life. Therefore, I will begin a new career with a federally contracted security firm in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Once again, I say thank you to the citizens of Johnson County, I have enjoyed the support, encouragement, and friendships we have developed. I will always cherish the time I have served as your sheriff. Finally, I want to thank my family. My wife Chrissy, and my two beautiful daughters. Your patience, understanding, and tolerance has been unwavering. Through interrupted dinners, holidays, and special occasions, you have stood by my side. Words cannot express the love I have for each of you. God has truly blessed me in so many ways, but the greatest blessing of all is my family.


The Johnson County Commissioners were unavailable for comment on Sheriff Heiss' announcement that he made via Facebook.