By Kyle Siegel
Pettis County Deputy Darren Cline, a Sedalia Native has been a fixture at the Pettis County Courthouse as a bailiff for the past 11 years and has seen plenty of people come and go.
Cline was born in Sedalia where he attended school at Smith-Cotton and in 1978 he graduated.
Cline married his high school sweetheart Collen Boggs, who has the distinction of being the only African American homecoming queen at S-C.
Together they have one daughter, Latisha Cline, who now lives and works in Lees Summit.
Cline began attending school at Lincoln-Hubbard and he spoke of his time there.
“The teachers there were great. They cared about our learning and discipline.
“I remember walking to school. It would be so cold or windy that you had to walk backwards,” Cline said.
He then spoke of desegregation and the impact it had.
“Desegregation kicked in so we had to be bused to the junior high school. It was an itchy feeling getting of the bus and seeing people of a different color. We were upset about it and so were they,” Cline said.
He added, “The two years I was there it was great. The teachers seemed to care.
“I do miss my class of 1978. We had a great bunch of kids that did not care about race, and if they did they did not show it.”
After graduating from Smith-Cotton, Cline went on to work at Broderick and Bascom Wire Rope.
Cline worked there for 16 years, but his original plan was to join the Marine Corp.
“My plan was to sign up for the Marine Corp, but my wife was pregnant with our daughter so I stayed and got a job here,” Cline said.
After sixteen years at B&B, Cline began to get bored.
“I was going to college off and on, and I could not decide what I wanted to major in so I took up welding.
“That wasn’t it so I took up law and it was interesting to me so I stuck with it.
“I went to work for Guardsman before signing up with the sheriff’s department. I went on to the police academy in Independence. I enjoyed that a lot. It was like joining the military,” Cline explained.
Cline worked for the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department as a jailer for five or six years before becoming a bailiff at the courthouse.
Cline has four brothers and three sisters. His parents are Lawanda Rice and his father, who has since passed, was Quincy Jones.
Cline’s father was a talented baseball player who at one point tried out for the Kansas City Monarchs.
“I thank them for my foundation, and also my grandmother,” Cline said.