Ruth Ann Dickerson was appointed Monday by the Cape Girardeau County Commission as the first female county sheriff since the position’s inception in 1805.
In an interim position, she will fill the shoes of John Jordan, who has resigned after 23 years as sheriff in anticipation of a confirmation by the U.S. Senate to a post as U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District.
Before her current appointment, Dickerson rose through the ranks from Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain of Business Operations over her 35 years in the sheriff’s office.
“I feel that I’ve done a good job whether a female or a male, everybody that is employed into our office brings their own strengths,” says Dickerson. "And so, I feel like I’ve brought my own strengths into the office, and I'll continue on.”
A special election for county sheriff will take place during the November general election of this year. Dickerson has applied for the Republican Party Central Committee to consider nominating her as a candidate for the position.