Retired Platte County Sheriff Tom Thomas passed away under hospice care Sunday evening at his home in Kearney, Missouri.

Sheriff Thomas was the Platte County Sheriff for 28 years and was the first Republican to hold office in the county when he was elected in 1968. Prior to serving with the sheriff’s office, Sheriff Thomas was a member of the Kansas City Police Department.

Sheriff Mark Owen described Sheriff Thomas as, “one of the finest men I ever knew and he was very well respected throughout the state.”