The United States Senate voted August 28 to confirm former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan as the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri. On Friday, August 31, he received a call from the U.S. Marshals Service saying his commission had been signed.

Jordan said he will start his new job September 17, serving the eastern half of Missouri – 47 counties from the Missouri-Iowa border in the north to the Missouri-Arkansas border in the south.

“It’s actually very similar to the office of sheriff in that you deal with the courts, you enforce court orders, and you deal with inmates, making sure they have their day in court. You also network, oversee operations, carry out liaison work and participate in strategic planning with other law enforcement agencies and get tasked with general law enforcement in the event of major incidents,” he explained.

Jordan, the longest serving sheriff in Cape Girardeau County’s history, was nominated earlier this year by President Donald Trump. He said he submitted his name to be considered for the position in the beginning of 2017.

“It’s a lengthy and arduous process to be confirmed. First, your background is screened and if you’re selected, you’re vetted by the Marshal’s Service. Then you go through a very intensive background check that goes all the way back to your 18th birthday,” he said.

Jordan got his start in law enforcement while attending Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi when he took a position with the local police department as a reserve officer. After moving back home to Bollinger County, where he was born and raised, he took a job as deputy sheriff with that county. Then in 1986, he took a detective positon with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office and rose through the ranks, filing for office when Sheriff Norman Copeland retired in 1994. He was elected and has served as sheriff since. Jordan also served as president of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association in 2011.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released a statement following the Senate confirmation.

“John Jordan’s decades-long career in law enforcement has helped make our communities safer and stronger. During his tenure as the longest-serving sheriff in Cape Girardeau County history, he earned widespread praise from members of the community, law enforcement leaders, and public officials. He will be a great asset to the U.S. Marshals Service, and I wish him the best in his new role,” Blunt said.