Zahnd will seek post as County Prosecutor
Zahnd has announced his intention to become Platte County
Zahnd seeks the office being vacated by Todd Graves,
who will become the United States Attorney for the Western
District of Missouri. Zahnd will run for the office as
a Republican in the November 2002 election.
Zahnd said, "My mission as prosecutor will be clear:
I will aggressively enforce the law and put a priority
on the safety of Platte County families." Zahnd pledged
to be especially tough on violent crimes, domestic abuse,
and sex offenses. "I look forward to working with
Platte County's other law enforcement officials to put
those who prey on law-abiding citizens behind bars."
Zahnd is an attorney with Bryan Cave LLP. He had worked
for the Missouri Attorney General's Office and served
as a staff assistant to then-governor John Ashcroft's
Commission on Crime. He has also served as a special assistant
prosecuting attorney in Cass County.
"My experience at the state and local levels has
taught me that cooperation between law enforcement agencies
is vitally important, "said Zahnd. "I will enthusiastically
support Platte County's Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task
Force, which enables close coordination between the sheriff's
department, city police department, city police departments,
and the prosecutor's office."
Zahnd is a member of the Tri-County Domestic Violence
Board, which distributes funds to domestic violence shelters
serving Platte, Clay, and Ray counties.
"I am particularly concerned with crimes that affect
seniors, women, and children," Zahnd said. "As
prosecutor, I will not tolerate crimes that violate the
security of the family or victimize those who are least
able to protect themselves."
Zahnd is also a member of the Northland Regional Chamber
of Commerce and Platte County Economic Development Council.
"Talk to people in our community," he said,
"and they will tell you that Platte County's crime
rate is among the most important factors individuals and
businesses consider in deciding where to locate. My job
will be to help keep our community safe, so Platte County
families and businesses can continue to grow in a secure
Zahnd graduated with honors from William Jewell College
in Liberty and received masters and law degrees from Duke
University. He lives in Platte Woods. His wife Tracy is
a former public school teacher and currently serves in
the executive committee of Northland Habitat for Humanity.
They have one son and are expecting another child in November.