The Neosho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of former Labette County Sheriff Robert Sims.

Sims, 54, was found dead about 4 p.m. Monday at his late mother’s home near 60th and Queens Road in Neosho County. 

An acquaintance found Sims in the home and called for an ambulance but didn’t know if he was still alive. The ambulance and sheriff’s deputies responded but Sims was pronounced dead, according to Neosho County Undersheriff Greg Taylor.

No foul play is suspected in Sims’ death but his body was sent for an autopsy, Taylor said.

Sims served more than 20 years with the Labette County Sheriff’s Office.

Sims was nominated to complete former Sheriff William Blundell’s unexpired term in 2011 and ran against challenger Clifford Davis in the 2012 primary election for sheriff and won.

Sims began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a detention officer at the county jail. He served as a reserve officer in 1993 and was hired as a full-time deputy in 1994, when he was also assigned as a K-9 handler. He graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 1995. He was promoted to a detective in January 2001 and served as undersheriff under Blundell.

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