James Barfield Sr. was recognized as Citizen of
the Year by Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, “in recognition of assisting in and advancing the highest standard of public service for the Barfield
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.”
Barfield, a long-time community activist, actively pursued
corrective action against the East borough Police
Department when a tape surfaced of two officers
allegedly making derogatory statements about an
African-American who called the Department.
The comments were made and recorded after the officers thought the phone line had been disconnected.