Founded in 1821

On behalf of the 200 plus employees of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, I welcome you to our website.

The Office of Sheriff is the oldest continuing, non-military, law enforcement entity in history. It is the only law enforcement position that is elected by the people.  The Office of Sheriff is not a department of county government; it is the independent office through which the Sheriff exercises the powers of the public trust. No individual or small group hires or fires the Sheriff, or has the authority to interfere with the operations of the office. Elected Sheriffs are accountable directly to the constitution of their state, the United States Constitution, statutes, and the citizens of their county. The Sheriff should naturally do their best to work with all entities because it is important in a democratic society. The Sheriff must work with all segments of government to serve and protect the citizens of the county. The preservation of the Office of Sheriff is vital in our republic. 

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was founded on January 30, 1821, two hundred years later; we proudly serve the citizens of Illinois’ fifth-largest county that encompasses 870 square miles.  The Sangamon Sheriff’s Office, serves the public offering a Patrol Division, Investigations, Civil Process, Court Security, and a Jail with a rated capacity of 314 inmates.



The Mission of the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is to enhance the quality of life in our county by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with Constitutional Rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.



To achieve the Mission of our office, we will diligently pursue:


We will maintain a moral and ethical standard that accepts nothing less than the highest level of integrity.



We will attend to the needs of the community while listening and acting with sincerity.



We will work as a team within the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and the community to enhance our services.



We will treat others as we want to be treated.