The mission of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is to reduce crime through preventive, investigative, and enforcement services in order to enhance the quality of life for our citizens and work cooperatively with the community and within the structure of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the law and preserve the peace.
Our community is important to us. As such, we aim to provide a safe environment for our citizens by maintaining order and enforcing the law impartially and being committed to protecting the lives, property, and rights of all people while demonstrating the highest degree of ethical behavior and professional conduct at all times.
Sheriff Will Akin
Sheriff Will Akin has over 25 years of combined experience in the military and law enforcement. With over 8 years of active duty service in the United States Army, Will gained leadership and management experience as both a Non-Commissioned Officer and as a Chief Warrant Officer. He enlisted in the Army in October 1994 and after working four years as a Parachute Rigger; he attended the Army’s flight program and spent the next four years as a pilot flying the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter. After being honorably discharged from the Army in February 2003, he began his law enforcement career when he attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in April 2003. Since then, Will has held positions in Patrol, Field Training, Community Action, and Special Projects. As a Police Advisor in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, Will assessed, monitored, advised, and mentored local police in order to ensure that law and order were maintained effectively and impartially according to the principles of policing. Topics under advisement during his time overseas included logistics, training, finance, case management, and operations. Will worked closely with the Department of Defense, Department of State, United Nations, and his Afghan counterparts to address issues concerning gender and human rights violations and worked toward solutions that were compatible with Afghanistan’s culture. Sheriff Will Akin joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in January 2013 as a Lieutenant in Field Operations. After his promotion to Captain in June 2015, he served as the Division Commander of the Emergency Preparedness Division and oversaw operations for Emergency Management, the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Public Information, and Media Relations. Will was also the appointed Director of Emergency Management for Clay County and served in that capacity until December 2020. Will is an active member in the community as well. He serves as the Post Commander for the Liberty Memorial VFW Post #4043, is a member of the American Legion Post #95, and the Liberty Rotary Club #6040. On January 1, 2021, Will assumed the duties as the 32nd Sheriff of Clay County’s nearly 200 year history. Originally from California, Will has lived in many states throughout the U.S. as well as South Korea and Afghanistan. Will earned an A.S. in Behavioral Science from Georgia Military College, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, his M.B.A. in Management from California Coast University, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Olivet Nazarene University in Ethical Leadership. Will is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 264 and earned a Graduate Certificate of Achievement from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education.
Major/Undersheriff Jeff Self
Major Jeff Self joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in January of 2021 as the Undersheriff. Prior to that, Jeff spent 29+ years with the Gladstone Department of Public Safety. His experience there included assignments in patrol, investigations, support services and the tactical team. He obtained the rank of Captain in 2009 and retired at that rank in December of 2020 having commanded each division during his career. Jeff earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri in 1991. In 2011, Jeff obtained his Masters of Arts Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Lincoln University. Additional education includes successful completion of the Missouri Police Chief’s Command College Session 1, Doniphan Leadership Institute, FBI National Academy Session 249 and various other leadership programs. He is a board member of the Heartland Tactical Officer’s Association and an active member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad (Metro Squad) where he has directed several investigations. Undersheriff Jeff Self is excited to be a member of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and become a part of its long and proud history. Jeff looks forward to continuing his service to the Northland community.
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Liberty, Missouri 64068
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