Platte County Prosecutor
Elected Officeholder: Eric Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd was originally elected in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010. Zahnd’s team of eleven attorneys and nine staff members are responsible for handling thousands of cases each year, ranging from traffic offenses to first degree murder.
Zahnd's top priorities are protecting children, prosecuting sex offenders, and cracking down on career criminals. Under Zahnd and the Sheriff‘s leadership, Platte County’s Cyber Crimes Unit became one of the first in Missouri to hunt down and prosecute Internet predators.
In 2006, Zahnd successfully pushed the Missouri legislature to pass Jessica’s Law to put child rapists in prison for life and enact tough mandatory sentences for Internet predators. In 2005 and again in 2010, he helped write the law to increase penalties against repeat drunk drivers. In 2009, he wrote the law requiring police to record interrogations of people suspected of committing dangerous felonies.
Zahnd has personally convicted every person charged with first degree murder since he took office. One newspaper has called him an “aggressive prosecutor” who passionately presents an extremely impressive case to the jury.
Mr. Zahnd has recently served as the President of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He was named one of Ingram’s magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2004, recognizing him as one of the most influential business, government, and community leaders in Kansas City. He was also one of only two Missouri prosecutors selected in the inaugural class of “Super Lawyers,” an honor given to the top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas.
Prior to his election, Zahnd was a business litigator with one of the nation’s largest law firms. He has also worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s office and served as a staff assistant to the Governor’s Commission on Crime.
Zahnd graduated with honors from William Jewell College and Duke Law School.