Vernon J. Fields, RN, MSN, PhD
US Army Veteran
Criminologist (Dr. Fields)
Retired Federal Law-Enforcement Officer
Registered Nurse
Educator

I know my bio is not in chronological order, but I hope this brief biography gives you a picture of who I am and what I have done (and continue to do) in my life. 

I was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska. I had many opportunities to experience both the good and bad for a typical child growing up in an inner-city area.  However, by age 10, I knew it was not wise to get into trouble.  Besides, in my community, everyone knew everyone and believe me, news travels fast.  The last thing I wanted was to face my parents and having to explain my poor choice to get into trouble. 

As a result of my upbringing and wanting to stay out of trouble, I elected to get involved with the Boys Scouts, Boys (and girls) Clubs and high school activities (such as the rifle team, ROTC, basketball, track and other high school groups).

Educationally, I graduated from Omaha North High School in 1975.  I briefly attended Creighton University (before dropping out in 1976 to join the United States Army).  After leaving the US Army, I again worked on my education and earned an Associated Degree, Bachelor Degree and Master's Degree in Nursing Administration, and finally earned a PhD in Human Service with a Criminal Justice focus.

My work history is grounded in  serving and protecting citizens of this great country.  First serving in the US Army was an honor and something that helped me mature.  I worked as a Registered Nurse (patient advocate), as a College Campus Chair, and finally retiring as a law-enforcement officer for the United States Department of Justice
(FBOP) in 2009.

Upon my retirement, I continued my serve by becoming an elected official for the City of Basehor.

Prior to becoming an elected official, I continued my involvement in the community by looking for ways to give back.  

Some of my community involvement includes, working on feeding individuals that
are hungry (potato drives - give-a-way), serving in food kitchens, volunteering for other civic and community groups.  To include setting up a scholarship for individuals in need of continuing or obtaining more education.

I arrived in Kansas (June 2000) because of a promotion by the United States Department of Justice (Federal Bureau of Prison - FBOP).  I arrived in Kansas in June 2000.  At that time, my wife and I decided to make Kansas our home.  The more time we spent in Kansas, the more we became in love with our new home state. 

I am married to a wonderful woman (Kathy).  We have been married since 1985.  We have a blended family that consists of four wonderful daughters and five grandchildren.  Since this page is an introduction, I did not include picture of my wonderful family (on this page).  However, I have a Face Book page for this campaign that includes pictures of my wife, children and grandchildren.   Please visit my Campaign Face Book page.

Over the years, there has been several news articles about me.  As I recall, the first news article was published by the Omaha World Herald, which was related to me being a competitive sharpshooter.   Below are a few recent news articles, which I believe would give you more information about who I am and what I done over the years.  Please take time to review the articles.

Vernon J.

A Study in Character

Vernon J. Fields, new Basehor City Council member, speaks of love for city

Sitting at a table on his back porch, Basehor resident Vernon J. Fields is sifting through a stack of books searching for photos of family members. There are pictures of his namesakes, father, Vernon, a Korean veteran of the Army's Fifth Armored Division, and his grandfather, James, a Buffalo soldier in the 10th Cavalry.
In another, there's a grainy black and white photo of his uncle, Bassie, leading his Roaring Twenties-style jazz band. And although there isn't a photo on the table, thoughts of his mother, a former newspaper editor, aren't far from his mind.

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After a recall election.

During Monday’s council meeting, member Travis Miles said before voting for Fields’ appointment that his education was a key qualification, as well as his time serving on the Basehor Planning Commission since 2009. After the meeting, Mayor David Breuer said Fields’ time handling big budgets for the Bureau of Prisons was also impressive.
“He just has a wealth of experience,” Breuer said.
Fields said his time serving on the Planning Commission had prepared him well and had led him to have his eye on the City Council for a while now. He’d been planning to run for a seat in spring of next year, he said, before the seats opened up this spring

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A study in Character

Basehor recognizes police officers, public works employee who helped arrest sex offender

Vernon J. Fields, new Basehor City Council member, speaks of love for city

Council Member Vernon Fields, himself a former law enforcement officer from Los Angeles, also commended everyone associated with this case.

“I applaud the community and officers for their assistance in this case,” he said. “Without it, this case would have been much more challenging.”

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Basehor 3rd graders conduct mock city council meeting


Fields and City Clerk Kathy Renn noted this was important, because council members had to take the opinions of citizens into account.

Georgia Moore, who got to play a council member, at first said she supported a new basketball court, but after others on the council shared their thoughts, she had a change of heart.
“I changed my mind because if people ride their bikes around city park, they might get hit in the head with a basketball,” she said.
Fields praised the students for their comments and questions.
“What I see here is the exact same thing that I would see at our meetings,” Fields told the students.

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Basehor recognizes police officers, public works employee who helped arrest sex offender
MARC Board of Directors
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MARC Board of Directors

Kansas STP Priorities
Committee Members
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Basehor 3rd graders conduct mock city council meeting
Kansas STP Priorities
Committee Members


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