Merriam Police Sergeant Promoted to Captain

Published on April 13, 2023

Capt. Waters is flanked by Merriam Police Chief Darren McLaughlin and Mayor Bob Pape. McLaughlin and Waters are in full police uniform.

With his 16-year-old son, Brady, pinning on his new badge, Jeremiah Waters was promoted from police sergeant to captain at the April 10 City Council meeting.

Waters is a 19-year veteran of the Merriam Police Department. He has served many roles throughout his tenure, including as a patrol officer, special enforcement unit detective, and DEA task force member. 

He also serves on the Kansas City Metro Squad and the Johnson County Critical Incident Investigation Team.

Waters said he’s excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to his new role.

“I appreciate the department for giving me opportunities to lead,” Waters said. “I want to help steer the department for the future and continue making it a great place to work. We’re a well-respected department in the county.”

Merriam Police Chief Darren McLaughlin said Waters is a valued member of his team.

"He's held many assignments and ranks over his 19 years of service at our department," McLaughlin said. "I look forward to working with him as part of my administrative staff."

When he’s not working, Waters spends time with his wife, Heather, runs between his three kids’ sports activities, and volunteers for Special Olympics Kansas.


A closeup of Capt. Waters getting pinned with a new badge by his teenage son.