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Dale Flory for Douglas County Sheriff

Over the course of his 23+ year career with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Dale has worked in each of the five major divisions within the department. He is a member of the Douglas County Underwater Search and Recovery Team (Dive Team) and is a Search Specialist for Project Lifesaver. He has served as a sheriff’s office policy review board member and has completed numerous reports as a Background Investigator for the department. Having the mindset that you will learn more if you do it yourself, Dale chose to be on the “front line,” until he felt he could effectively lead the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office into the future. That time is now.

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“To protect and serve”


That mantra is the foundation of what is expected of law enforcement by the citizens that they serve. Dale strongly believes he is here to serve the citizens of Douglas County, and conduct business on their behalf. With that in mind, Dale believes the citizens should know whom he has chosen to fulfill the role of Undersheriff. Dale has selected Lieutenant Clark Rials Sr. to serve as his Undersheriff. Clark is an asset to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and is well respected within the sheriff’s office and the community that he serves.  



Clark “Gene” Rials Sr. is a lifelong resident of Douglas County. He comes from a large family of eight sisters and four brothers, many of whom still reside in Douglas County. Clark grew up in North Lawrence and attended Lawrence Public Schools. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1985, and accepted a job at an auto detailing and custom upholstery shop in East Lawrence.

In 1992, Clark was hired by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, as a corrections officer. He graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) and became a full time commissioned law enforcement officer in 1997. In 2003, Clark married his wife, Tonya. They live south of Lawrence, in Douglas County. 

Clark’s son, Clark Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps, and is a Trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol. His daughter, Vanessa, resides in Wichita and his son, Domonique, lives in Illinois. In Clark’s free time, he enjoys fishing, sporting events, and cooking/grilling for others.

In his 27+ years of service to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Clark has held the rank of corrections officer, deputy, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. The vast majority of his career has been in the role of a supervisor, in both corrections and patrol. Clark is currently a lieutenant and oversees the training, hiring and retention divisions for the Sheriff’s Office. During his career with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Clark has received numerous Letters of Commendation from members of the public he serves.  Clark has been awarded the Medal of Bravery, Medal of Valor and the Operations Commendation awards (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office), the Silver Valor Award (Valor First Responder), the Bronze Valor award (Valor Public Safety), and the Silver Award (Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police). Over the past 5 years, Clark has partnered with the “Conversation P.E.A.C.E” program at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School as a motivational speaker during workshops, after school programs, and participates in the “Conversation P.E.A.C.E” lunch with first responders activities.  Clark has also connected with youth at the high school level through the “Can We Talk” program and the Kansas Traffic Safety Awareness program.