nears an end for
The most publicized race in Platte County
this election year is about to come to a full boil.
On Nov. 5, Tammy J. Glick and Eric Zahnd will spar for
the prosecutor's seat.
Glick was appointed interim prosecutor
for Platte County Oct. 4, 2001. She was appointed by Gov.
Bob Holden to replace Todd Graves, who had been appointed
U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri by President Bush.
Glick was born and raised in Platte County.
She is a 1979 graduate of Platte County R-3 High School.
She and her husband Paul have four children.
Glick is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, served on the Platte County R-3 Board of Education
from 1997-2002, member of the Platte County Bar Association,
the Missouri Bar Association, the Association of Women
Lawyers, Missouri Juvenile Justice Association and Platte
County Child Trust Fund Board of Directors.
After law school, Glick began sharing
office space with fellow attorney Jim Farley in Platte
City. Glick served in the Jackson County prosecutor's
office from 1993-1994. She also worked in the Platte County
Circuit Clerk office. She has also served as an attorney
for the Platte County Juvenile Court office.
Glick says she is the best candidate for
the position of prosecutor because of her experience.
"I have the experience. The Platte
County Prosecutor's office is not large enough to have
a political head," Glick said. "The prosecutor
needs to know how to try the cases and handle the docket."
Glick said since she has been in office
she has cut back on expenditures. Glick adds that when
she came into office there were cell phone bills averaging
$500-$1,100 a month. Now, according to Glick, cell phone
bills have been cut extensively.
Glick said she also cut expenses with
the county's bad check software.
"The software before was limited
by the increased number of checks received," Glick
Glick also stated the software had an
annual maintenance of $7,500.
"With this software there is a onetime
expense and it was less than the old software," Glick
"When I came into office there were
only two people trying felony cases. Now, every attorney
in the office has first-chaired or second- chaired a felony
case," Glick said.
Glick also said cases are being filed
sooner now that she is in office.
"I enjoy my job. I think we are doing
a very good job here. The citizens of Platte County are
being well represented by this office," Glick said.
"I enjoy trying cases myself, and I would like to
continue doing that."
Running against Glick for the prosecutor's
seat is Eric Zahnd.
Zahnd practices law with the Kansas City
office of Bryan Cave. He has served in the Missouri Attorney
General's office and served as a staff assistant to the
Governor's Commission on Crime. He has also served as
an appointed special prosecutor in Cass County.
Zahnd and his wife Tracy have two sons
and reside in Platte Woods.
He attended William Jewell College in
Liberty and graduated with honors from Duke Law School.
He is a member of the Tri-County Domestic
Violence Board, a member of the Northland Regional Chamber
of Commerce and Platte County Economic Development Council.
"I have always believed in insuring
that our community was safe by putting the bad guys where
they belong," Zahnd said.
Zahnd said if elected prosecutor for Platte
County he has three priorities topping his list of accomplishments.
"We will make our first priority
to see that people who prey on children will be punished
to the fullest extent of the law. Second we will take
a hard line on all other violent crimes such as murder,
rape and assault," Zahnd said.
"And I want to use the prosecutor's
office to help coordinate other offices such as city,
county and state law enforcement agencies. The prosecutor's
office is in a unique position that it can do that."
Zahnd adds that the prosecutor's office
talks to all the agencies and would be a great liaison.
"The fact that I have worked both
with local prosecutors and for the Missouri Attorney General's
office, I can bring those experiences to shape how the
Platte County prosecutor's office should work," Zahnd