December 23, 2021

Dion Sankar

Jackson County District Attorney Jean Peters Baker announced today that a key member of his leadership team who oversaw diversion programs, the grand jury and the review of use of force cases by the police will become his new chief assistant prosecutor.

Dion Sankar replaces longtime chief deputy Daniel Nelson, who is moving into private practice at a Kansas City law firm.

“Dion has contributed immeasurably to the success of the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office,” Baker said. “He distinguished himself by his heavy involvement in many difficult violent crime cases, including a triple murder which included an infant victim. In addition, Dion has also expanded our diversion programs and strengthened our reviews and resulting actions in police use of force cases.

Baker also praised Nelson for his contributions to the office since arriving in Jackson County in 2016. Nelson previously served 12 years as Assistant United States Attorney for Western Missouri, where he tried cases before juries and represented the United States before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. . The Missouri Bar Foundation honored Nelson in 2014 with the Lon Hocker Award for Excellence in Essays. Nelson is a graduate of the MU School of Journalism and the University of Virginia School of Law.

“I’m thrilled that Dan can extend his legal talents to another part of our profession,” Baker said. “Dan is an asset to everyone he works with. I’m sure he will achieve great things there.

Sankar, a member of Baker’s leadership staff since 2015, is an assistant prosecutor and program director for the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office Drug Court Program. Sankar managed the expansion of Jackson County diversion programs, including the Jackson County Treatment Court. He also coordinated grand jury proceedings and oversaw reviews of conviction integrity cases. Prior to joining Jackson County, Sankar served in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where he defended civil lawsuits filed against the state and Kansas City MO. Police department. He worked from 2011 to 2014 at the McCallister law firm in Kansas City. Sankar graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in New York. Sankar moved to Kansas City in 2011.

Sankar will be sworn in as Deputy Chief Prosecutor shortly after January 3, 2022.


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