Ken Sissom began his career as a police officer with the Paola Police Department in 1976. After two years he was hired as deputy at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. A year later he accepted appointment as police officer for the Merriam Police Department, where he worked for 26 years until he retired in late 2005.
From 1992, until his retirement in 2005 Sissom served as Merriam Police Department’s Chief of Police. In that time he held the office of past president of the Johnson County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2008, he was hired by Johnson County Community College as a professor for the administration of justice department, where he taught until 2013.
In December 2013, Ken Sissom was appointed as the Director of the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. Sissom has an AA degree from JCCC, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University, Topeka.