Heartland sheriff featured in The Missouri Sheriff magazine

Heartland sheriff featured in The Missouri Sheriff magazine (Amber Draper/KTVO)

A Heartland sheriff was recently featured in the 10th anniversary edition of The Missouri Sheriff magazine.

Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick landed a spot on the cover of the summer 2018 edition and has a cover story inside, detailing his professional career.

Hardwick said he dreamed of being a sheriff ever since he was little.

Before Hardwick became Adair County sheriff, he began his career in 1974, joining the Missouri National Guard right out of high school.

Hardwick has close to 45 years experience in the military and law enforcement.

He worked as an officer for the Kirksville Police Department (KPD) from 1979 until 1984 when he accepted a position with the Texas Department of Public Safety State Police.

In 2002, Hardwick came back to Kirksville and was rehired by KPD.

Four years later, Hardwick re-enlisted in the National Guard following 9/11 and served in Arizona where he helped patrol the U.S./Mexico border for two years.

Hardwick returned to the Heartland in 2008 and was sworn into office as sheriff in 2009.

The sheriff said he is thankful for his past experiences.

He told KTVO they all led him to being elected into the position he has today.

"I love being sheriff." Hardwick said. "I love working for my community. I love providing service to my community. I put in a lot of long hours. Sometimes my family says, 'Hey dad, when are you coming home? ' There are times I can't spend with my family, but sometimes you sacrifice things because you're working."

Hardwick is currently in is third term as Adair County sheriff.

He plans on seeking a fourth term, and he said he will retire after that.

To view the magazine online click here.

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