Undersheriff Douglas Bedford
Undersheriff Doug Bedford began his law enforcement career in 1987 when he was hired by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. After graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Basic Training in Hutchinson, KS with class #98, he continued his career with the Sheriff’s Office, working in the Detention Bureau. In 1989 Undersheriff Bedford left the Sheriff’s Office, enlisting in the United States Navy.
Upon completion of Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and graduating from Operation Specialist “A” School training in Dam Neck, VA he proceeded to Coronado, CA where he began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training. Undersheriff Bedford successfully completed BUD/S Training, graduating in Class # 168 in July 1990. He then proceeded to SEAL Team 3 in Coronado, CA where he completed three overseas deployments, including participating in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
In 1997 Undersheriff Bedford was honorably discharged from the Navy at the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He returned to Kansas to continue his law enforcement career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. He was assigned to the Detention Bureau, the Court Security Division and then was transferred to the Traffic & Patrol Division in 1998. Undersheriff Bedford was one of the original members of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, where he dedicated over ten years as a sniper. Undersheriff Bedford served as a Patrol Officer until 2005 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He remained on Patrol until 2008 when he was transferred back to the Detention Bureau, striving to guide and mentor deputies through the training and experience he had obtained from the Operations Division.
As a Sergeant, Undersheriff Bedford served in a number of different areas/divisions, to include; Traffic & Patrol, Detention, Court Services, Detention Training Supervisor, Department Training Division. In 2013 Undersheriff Bedford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and had the opportunity to supervise a number of different areas to include the Warrants Division, Patrol Division and Investigations Bureau.
Undersheriff Bedford has a significant record of community involvement, to include being an active member with the De Soto VFW Post #6654, VFW District #2 activities, a board member for the NW Consolidated Fire Board. He is a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church.
Doug is married and has two children. He and his wife reside in De Soto.