Daniel Bullock – County Sheriff
Our mission is to provide the highest possible level of law enforcement to all our citizens within St. Francois County. To accomplish this we have enacted a proactive approach to law enforcement. This is achieved through programs like D.A.R.E., Community Policing, Bike Patrols, Eddie Eagle, Explorers, McGruff, Neighborhood Watch, and others that educate and promote interaction between deputies and the community.
Our commitment is to identify and apprehend criminals and investigate crimes with diligence and persistence, with consistency and fairness to all people, regardless of station or position. By acquiring knowledge through the sharing of ideas, we pledge to perform our duties to the highest standard, to promote a safe, secure and peaceful environment for the citizens of St. Francois County to live, work and raise their families.
Due to the recent health situation with Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
All sex offender registries have been postponed until further notice. You may register by phone on normal registry days. All probation officers have been advised. This will not affect your compliancy.
We have also stopped doing CCW’s as well at this time due to the virus.
If you have any questions please call 573-431-2777.
Jail family visitation has been suspended until further notice in response to Corona Virus COVID-19. As of March 31st seven cases have been confirmed in St. Francois County. This decision was based on staff and public safety. Sorry for any inconvenience. Auth Captain Armstrong.
1550 Doubet Road
Farmington, Missouri 63640
Office Fax: 573-756-9622
Jail Fax: 573-756-4327
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(573) 756-3252 Ext 143
Road Deputy Lieutenant
(573) 756-3252 Ext 142
(573) 756-3252 Ext 209
(573) 756-3252 Ext 108
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department is now using Mobile Patrol to provide information about inmates and bookings.
MobilePatrol connects you to important safety information, news, and critical alerts for places you care about. We partner with public safety and law enforcement agencies nationwide so you can receive timely access to information that keeps you and your loved ones safe. MobilePatrol focuses exclusively on public safety, so important information won’t get lost between your friends’ cat photos and the latest viral video!
Visiting Days – Saturday or Sunday – One hour visit time as follows:
Male inmates: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 6 pm & 7 pm
Female inmates: 2 pm & 3 pm
Visits begin on the hour. Visitors should sign in 15 minutes prior to the visit since it takes a few minutes to get the inmate ready for visitation. Once you leave the visiting room, the visit is terminated and you cannot re-enter.
Inmates are allowed one (1) visit per weekend with a maximum of four (4) visitors per inmate.
- No smoking/tobacco materials, bags, purses, or carried objects in the visiting room.
- No cursing, drinking, alcohol, prescriptions, controlled substances allowed on the property.
- No exchanging of property between visitor and inmate.
- No arguing with staff whatsoever. Visiting is a privilege, not a right.
- Do respect the visitors who may be at the next window.
- Do check in early so we can prepare the inmate for a visit.
- Do expect to wait on busy days or be turned away if requests are two heavy.
- Do present a valid ID (picture ID, drivers license, etc.,)
- Do bring an adult with you if you are less than seventeen (17) years of age.
Violation of rules may result in termination of visit, lost of visiting privilege, and/or criminal charges.
You may mail or drop off government checks, other facility checks. NO personal checks or cash will be accepted. ALL incoming mail must have a full return address and the complete mailing address as listed below before it will be delivered to the inmate. ALL mail must be in postcard form only. Books must be soft cover and come from a vendor (i.e. Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc.). Mail must be addressed as follows:
St. Francois County Jail
1550 Doubet Road
Farmington, Missouri 63640
For additional information or questions about visiting the St. Francois Co. Jail, you may contact: Lt. Jamie Crump 573-756-3252 ext 108
Concealed Carry: Frequently Asked Questions
Permits to carry concealed weapons are being issued at the Sheriff’s Office. To obtain a conceal carry permit, you must meet certain requirements. There is a fee for the permit. Below are some guidelines and a recommended procedure for you to follow.
Before you consider applying for a conceal carry permit, you must be certain that you qualify. There are certain requirements that must be met according to Missouri Law. Those requirements are as follows.
To qualify for a conceal carry permit the applicant must:
- Be at least 19 years of age, a citizen of the United States and either:
- Have resided in this state for at least six months; or
- be a member of the armed forces stationed in Missouri, or the spouse of such member of the military;
- Have not pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere, or been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of any state or of the United States, other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor under the laws of any state and punishable by a term of imprisonment of one year or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun;
- Have not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to one or more misdemeanor offenses involving crimes of violence within a five-year period immediately preceding application for a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement, or, if the applicant has not been convicted of two or more misdemeanor offenses involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or the possession or abuse of a controlled substance within a five-year period immediately preceding application for a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement;
- Not be a fugitive from justice or currently charged in an information or indictment with the commission of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of any state of the United States other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor under the laws of any state and punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer, or gas gun;
- Have not been discharged under dishonorable conditions from the United States armed forces;
- Have not engaged in a pattern of behavior, documented in public records, that causes the sheriff to have a reasonable belief that the applicant presents a danger to himself or others;
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent at the time of application or for five years prior to application, or has not been committed to a mental health facility, as defined in section 632.005, RSMo, or a similar institution located in another state following a hearing at which the defendant was represented by counsel or a representative;
If you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony described above, that would prevent you from obtaining a permit, there is still a possibility that your application could be refused. If you have had frequent negative contact with law enforcement that is documented, a sheriff may refuse your application based on section (6) above.
Conceal Carry Training Course
If you meet the requirements, the first step you need to take is to enroll in a conceal carry training course. If you do not already have a weapon, you may want to purchase one. It is not required that you purchase a weapon. Some training courses will furnish a weapon for you. If you do not have a handgun, you should ask the training instructor if weapons are furnished before you sign up for the class. For potential liability, it is recommended that you go through the course using the weapon you intend to carry.
The course consists of eight hours of training to include live fire. Issues covered in the training course are as follows:
- Handgun safety in the classroom, at home, on the firing range and while carrying the firearm;
- A physical demonstration performed by the applicant that demonstrated his or her ability to safely load and unload a revolver and a semiautomatic pistol and demonstrated his or her marksmanship with both;
- The basic principles of marksmanship;
- Care and cleaning of concealable firearms;
- Safe storage of firearms at home;
- The requirements of this state for obtaining a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement from the sheriff of the individual’s county of residence and a concealed carry endorsement issued by the department of revenue;
- The laws relating to firearms as prescribed in this chapter;
- The laws relating to the justifiable use of force as prescribed in chapter 563, RSMo;
- A live firing exercise of sufficient duration for each applicant to fire either a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol, from a standing position or its equivalent, a minimum of twenty (20) rounds at a distance of seven yards from a B-27 silhouette target or an equivalent target;
- A live fire test administered to the applicant while the instructor was present of twenty rounds from a standing position or its equivalent at a distance from a B-27 silhouette target, or an equivalent target, of seven yards.
At the end of the course you will be issued a certificate of completion. You need to bring a copy of this certificate with you when you apply for your permit.
To apply for your conceal carry permit, you need to bring the following:
- A copy of your training certificate of firearms safety training course presented by the instructor at the end of your CCW qualification class.
- Your drivers license, state identification, or military identification.
- $100.00 cash only. Checks, money orders, debit or credit cards will NOT be accepted.
Missouri has 45 days to return the results of your fingerprint and criminal check to our office. Your application is pending until we receive this information from the State.
Contact our office for a list of qualified CCW instructors.
Renewing your CCW
CCW renewals require your current drivers license or identification, $50.00 cash only and your expiring CCW. There is a late charge for overdue renewal.
Further questions and information can be directed to 573-756-3252 extension 126.
In 1995 a convicted child molester was arrested for the murder and rape of seven year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The offender lived across the street from the Kanka residence, but law enforcement was prohibited from disclosing the presence of this child molester because at the time the law did not permit the release of sex offender information to the public. The law was changed to allow the release of this data to the public and on May 8, 1996, President Clinton signed the law, dubbed “Megan’s Law” in remembrance of little Megan Kanka.
Please be aware of the following information as you read through offenders names.
It’s the offenders responsibility to register changes of address, this report is as accurate as possible given the information that we have been provided. Not all offenders are sexual predators, if someone is pictured here it does not mean they are dangerous or to be feared. Offender data is updated as each new offender registers and current offenders update their information. You may also obtain the most current list at our office, 1550 Doubet Rd. in Farmington, Monday thru Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. A $10 fee along with your signature is required to receive a copy.
Sex Offender Registry Links
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program
Although the core curriculum is taught to the fifth grade students, a seventh grade program is also taught in each of the schools. The program reaches students on nine campuses. Drug Abuse Resistance Education is taught in the Bismarck, Central, North County and West County schools. The program is presented by Gary Carver a specially trained and certified deputy. Gary is in the classroom each week for seventeen weeks with each session being 45 to 50 minutes.
The St. Francois County D.A.R.E. Program is geared toward different grades and age groups.
The core fifth grade program reaches children when they are most receptive. As they begin forming their ideas and opinions about drug abuse, the program provides them information; allowing them to make informed, intelligent decisions about drugs and violence, and the peer, social, and media influences that directly affect such decisions.
The middle school program is geared toward seventh grade students. These young teenagers are now experiencing a period in their lives in which they have more freedom, opportunity, and exposure. Decisions are made at this time in their lives that will effect them for many years to come. The middle school curriculum provides both drug resistance information, as well as character development lessons.
Deputy Carver spends a great deal of time with his students. Eating lunch with them and playing on the playground. Participating in special events at school as well as after school, a special bond develops , and a mutual respect and friendship soon form. Deputy Carver is a wonderful resource for the students. He also provides many services for the community, often being asked to provide information to area educators, civic organizations and parents.
The curriculum is carefully controlled, and includes lessons such as, Understanding the Effects of Drugs, Considering Consequences, Changing Beliefs About Drug Use, Learning Resistance Techniques, Building Self-esteem, Assertiveness, Managing Stress, Reducing Violence, Media Influences, Making Good Decisions, Positive Alternatives, and Role Models, Resisting Gang Violence, Respect, Responsibility, and Good Citizenship. These lessons target drug resistance, but also build good citizenship and values. D.A.R.E. provides a positive role model and reinforces values and ethics. The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. program is a vital weapon in our war on drugs, and an important link with our community.
D.A.R.E. Summer Sports
Searching for a way to stay in contact with children throughout the summer months, the D.A.R.E. program of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department sponsors several different ball teams. Some are coached by the D.A.R.E. Deputy Gary Carver with help from parents in the community. These games allows Deputy Carver not only to stay in touch with the kids on the team, but also to meet parents and interact with the many young people who come to the ball fields to “hang out”. These summer programs have proven to be valuable over the last several years and are increasing in popularity.
D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament
In the D.A.R.E. program we like to get the involvement of the community. Our purpose is to make everyone feel a part of D.A.R.E. It’s a good program and everyone likes to be part of a good program. In St. Francois County we accomplish this is by having an annual D.A.R.E. golf tournament. Co-sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department and the Park Hills Lions Club, many people spend several months setting up this one big day of fun for all. Many civic minded businesses and individuals sponsor the tournament in many different ways. At the end of the day a meal is provided and awards are presented. Many say this is one of the best tournaments in our area. The tournament’s objective is to provide the funds so necessary to maintain and support the Lions club and, primarily, the children, in St. Francois County, who are participating in the D.A.R.E. program. The money provides T-shirts and other classroom supplies for the St. Francois County D.A.R.E. program.
McGruff: Take A Bite Out of Crime
McGruff, accompanied by one of our deputies, spends a lot of time visiting classrooms as well as nursing homes and other facilities. He loves going to parades and visiting the people in St. Francois county. If he can influence one person to take a bite out of crime, then it’s a job worth doing.
Read more about the National Crime Prevention Council here.
Click here for “Stranger Danger” Prevention Tips for All Ages!
To contact Dare Officer Gary Carver please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fallen Officer Steven Ziegler
On September 29, 2001 at approximately 8:00 AM while patrolling US Hwy. 67 just north of Leadington Missouri, Deputy Steven R. Ziegler, Officer 989 of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, was involved in a serious vehicle accident that resulted in his death.
Steve was south bound in the passing lane of the highway. At the same time a vehicle pulling a 16 foot utility trailer was in the driving lane of the north bound lanes of the highway. The trailer became unattached, crossed the passing lane and median of north bound hwy. 67 into the pathway of the patrol car. Steve was unable to safely maneuver his patrol unit from danger without colliding with other traffic. The trailer struck his patrol car in the left front driver’s side, causing it to spin out of control. Eventually both vehicles came to rest in the median, with the trailer coming to rest on top of the patrol car.
Deputy Ziegler was transported to the Mineral Area Regional Hospital and then immediately flown to St. John’s Mercy Medical in St. Louis, where on September 30, 2001, at the age of 32, he passed away as a result of his injuries.
Steve had worked for the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department for 8 years and during most that time he was a Field Training Officer. He also worked for the Bismarck Police Department as a Patrolman. His dedication and work in the Law Enforcement community was admired by all.
Our friend and fellow officer left behind a wife, Racheal Lea Ziegler, a 13 year old son Eric, a 9 year old daughter Loren, a 3 year old daughter Madison, a 18 month old son Cole and countless other friends and acquaintances. He will be truly missed.
Fallen Officer Paul “Clubber” Clark
Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark died from complications of injuries sustained on October 27th, 2015, when he was intentionally struck by a stolen vehicle near Desloge, Missouri.
He had conducted a traffic stop of a second vehicle on Highway 67, near Highway Y, and was attempting to identify the occupants. Deputy Clark asked one of the occupants who was unable to produce identification to walk back to his police car with him. The man suddenly jumped into a truck that was parked nearby and attempted to flee.
The mans swerved towards Deputy Clark, striking him and throwing him several feet into a ditch on the shoulder of the road. The man, who was wanted on a federal probation violation warrant, was arrested after leading other officers on a pursuit.
Deputy Clark suffered a broken back as a result of the incident. He suffered complications as a result of the injury and died at home on July 4th, 2016. Deputy Clark had served with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Park Hills Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren.
The St. Francois County Color Guard was implemented by Sheriff Dan Bullock for the purpose of honoring law enforcement officials past and present. Our Color Guard consists of five active members and six reserve members. The Color Guard is available for funeral details as well as parades and other special events such as banquets or weddings.
Color Guards date back to the Revolutionary War and were the commanding officers bravest and most dependable men. The Color Guard (or flag bearers) were loyal, selfless servants and willing the be in the front lines of battle without weapons, only the Colors of their unit and country. Today, the Color Guard depicts the same type of loyalty and pride. If you are interested in using St. Francois County’s Color Guard for a detail contact our department at 573-431-2777.
Law enforcement is not all “cuff ’em and stuff ’em”. We’re dealing with all types of crimes, criminals and illegal acts. These affect the offender, victim, officer and society as a whole. Sometime we overlook the common denominator, people, individuals, human beings that, in some way or another, need our help. People have problems, people hurt. Violence can be a way of expressing that hurt. Drugs and alcohol can change a very beautiful individual into a predator. Money, marriage and children are just a few examples of life’s situations that can break a person and put them over the edge. Then there are people who just don’t care. Officers must deal with these individuals on a daily bases. We try to assist both the officer, the offender and the victim in starting or returning to a life full of joy as it should be. We look at the heart. You have to start somewhere.
Purpose of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department Chaplaincy Division: Sometimes police officers are called into situations where they sense a spiritual counselor would be helpful. Initial police assistance in said situations is important, but extended involvement keeps the officer away from other urgent situations. For this reason Sheriff Dan Bullock has provided a Chaplaincy Division utilizing Rev. Darryl Rhodes pastor of Solid Rock Fellowship.
The police chaplain offers spiritual guidance and assistance to people in crises situations. It also serves as a link of communications between people in crises and their own spiritual advisors. If those who receive counseling ask for further help, the chaplain will coordinate with follow-up guidance as is necessary. Believing that God is the answer to man’s dilemma, the chaplain stands ready to bear witness to the forgiving love and redeeming power of God to all people confronted with a crises.
Rev. Rhodes continually strives to improve his ability to be of aid to individuals and officers in need. He is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). He has also attended numerous workshops on such topics as suicide prevention, grief recovery, law enforcement burnout, stress management, officer injury and death and post shooting syndrome.
The police chaplain assist the law enforcement agencies in St. Francois County. Law Enforcement officers request the police chaplain in situations involving spiritual or emotional problems rather than problems involving law violations. A police chaplain regularly provides help in the areas of:
- pastoral care and counseling for police officers and their families
- visiting sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospital
- family disturbances
- lonely and despondent persons
- alcohol and drug abuse problems
- suicide prevention
- death notification
- offering prayer at special occasions such as recruit graduations and award ceremonies
Reaching inmates for Jesus Christ is an outreach ministry of the New Life Fellowship, Southern Baptist Church in Farmington.
Pastor John Kammerman has pastored churches for the past twenty years and founded New Life Fellowship in June 1998. The mission of the church is to fulfill Jesus’ commission of taking the gospel into all the world, by reaching out to lost and hurting people.
Chuck Lee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is director of the jail ministry and holds services each Thursday. Once a month Becky Kammerman arranges a special music program assisted by volunteers. On special occasions the ladies of New Life Fellowship provide refreshments for those incarcerated.
After the first sixteen months of jail ministry sixty eight inmates had confessed faith in Jesus Christ. Your prayerful support is appreciated.
The Old Mule
A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened… and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back… a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back… HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.
“Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him… all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity… the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us! Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, love, praise and hope… all are excellent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!
Peace Officers for Christ International
An established ministry since 1980 – Peace Officers For Christ had its beginning in Orange County, California, and began with a goal of reaching officers with the Gospel through dinner banquets and bible study fellowships. The vision for reaching beyond Orange County began in 1988 and now the POFC ministry reaches more than 5,200 law enforcement families across the United States and in eleven foreign countries.
POFC International exists to win officers and their families for Jesus Christ. Their board of directors is made up of working police officers and local pastors. Their bi-monthly publication, The Peacemakers Journal, reaches officers in every state in the U.S. and eleven foreign countries. They hold two dinner banquets each year in California and an annual Police Couples Conference in July. POFC International now has twenty-one Regional Representatives in the United State and abroad.
An Investment in World Missions – The law enforcement community is a distinct “People Group” due to the nature of its environment. Literally thousands of men and women around the world that make up the law enforcement profession are candidates to be reached by this ministry. Although they are familiar with the law enforcement family that works around us in the United States, it has been a little known fact that they may have not been successfully reached by the local church with the Gospel. This ministry is faithfully committed to working with the local church. Peace Officers For Christ believes that it is essential to introduce officers and their families to the ministry of local congregations for the purpose of discipleship.
Read more about this organization here: http://www.pofci.org/
The association is an organization composed of concerned private citizens and law enforcement officers. Our mission is to help the sheriff’s department and promote better relations between officers and private citizens. We have monthly meetings where we discuss the needs of the department as well as the county.
The spring fund raiser is primarily to generate money to purchase needed equipment for the department. However last year, due to the generosity of our contributions, we met the needs of the department and were able to give two scholarships to Mineral Area College.
We are proud of our organization and the citizens of the county. If you would like to become a member please contact me, I would love to talk with you. It’s a privilege to serve you and our community.
Thanks to the efforts of the Sheriff’s Association and members of the community over $10,000 was raised toward the purchase of bullet proof vests for the officers of our department. The association has also purchased GPS units to assist officers in search and rescue.
The Shop With a Cop program is funded and organized by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Association.
Santa’s list grows longer each year and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Association, along with President Lora Henson, try their best to help as many children as possible. Each year the Association accepts donations for its Shop with a Cop celebration for the Christmas holiday. This is their most heart felt program of the year. This program is designed to provide gifts for under privileged, needy and at risk children in St. Francois County. In addition, the program teaches these children that Police Officers and Deputies are someone they can trust and depend on in a time of crisis. The Association is a Missouri State “Not For Profit” organization. Money is raised by private and business donations and local fundraisers.
It is only through the support of the local Law Enforcement Agencies and their communities that we are able to make these children’s dreams and wishes come true. Names are submitted to us by schools in the county and area shelters. Ages range from three to thirteen and, in some cases, older. Then on the designated day all the children are assembled at the Farmington or Desloge Wal-Mart and allowed to purchase whatever they want. A uniformed officer escorts each child in this event. Usually the children are allow to spend $100 each depending upon the number of children participating and funds that have been donated.
Your continued support is deeply appreciated by the association and the deputies of St. Francois County. This is the sheriff’s association’s greatest victory and we hope to continue for years to come. If you have any question regarding the program, please contact Lora Henson at the office by calling (573) 431-2777 or (573) 756-3252.
This is a great partnership between law enforcement and the Missouri Special Olympics. Law Enforcement officers from across the state have shown their support for the Special Olympics by holding a Torch Run every year during the month of May.
St. Francois County law enforcement has been involved with the Torch Run since 1996. The Sheriff’s Department, Desloge Police, Farmington Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have all traditionally participated in the run.
We serve the residents of St. Francois County with a population over 66,000 people and covering 455 square miles. St. Francois County is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri.
The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Office is located in the St. Francois County Detention Facility located at 1550 Doubet Rd in Farmington. The administrative area of our current facility, built in 1938 by the WPA as a dairy barn for State Hospital No 4, was remodeled in 1996.
The old St. Francois County Jail, built for $11,000 in 1871, was in poor repair, unsanitary and had outdated security devices, locks, etc.
Prior to moving to this location, we were located at 11 N Franklin St. The prior location included 44 bed facility that rapidly was outgrown. When we moved to the Doubet Rd facility where this facility is a 188 bed facility.
The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Office employees 17 sworn road deputies, 3 process servers, 3 transport officers, 7 bailiffs, 17 jailers and 15 civilian employees. We provide a full service correctional facility to the citizens of our county, complete all civil process requested by the courts, provide bailiffs to 3 court rooms, as well as normal daily law enforcement service operations to the community.
The Office of the Sheriff, founded in 992, has its origins in Anglo Saxon times. The title ‘Sheriff’ is derived from the word’s ‘Shire Reeve’ because the Sheriff was the administrative officer for each Shire or County in Medieval England. Indeed the office is the oldest known to English law.
The Sheriff was the most powerful person in the Shire and over the years had a variety of responsibilities. Early Sheriff’s collected revenue on behalf of the King and were responsible for the apprehension of criminals.
After the Norman Conquest of 1066 the Sheriff assumed responsibility for all departments of administration in the counties. This period also saw the first juries and the commencement of the Sheriff’s responsibility for the administration of juries which still remains today.
The power of the Sheriff declined after the thirteenth century and the signing of Magna Carta in 1215. The power of the King was also reduced during this time, however the Magna Carta still made significant reference to the office of Sheriff. In the U.S. the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county.
St. Francois County Sheriffs
1822-1823 Michael Hart
1824-1825 James Matkin – Was later elected as county Assessor in 1839 and died while in office in 1840, and was succeeded by Elisha Matkin.
1825-1826 Charles Hart – Was also elected Presiding Judge of County Court 1855 and served until 1857. Charles was later appointed as County Assessor in 1865 and served until 1866.
1827-1828 John Corbin Alexander – Was elected as a member of State Legislature in 1830 and served until 1836. Alexander was re-elected again in 1854 and again served until 1856. Alexander ran for the office Circuit Clerk and Recorder, and won this race serving 1879 until 1899.
1829-1830 Thomas Madison – Also served as County Assessor 1826 thru 1827.
1831-1832 John Cornell
1832-1833 John Kennedy – Kennedy, was also elected to County Court in 1846 and served until 1850.
1833-1834 Isaac Mitchell Jr. – Isaac, was appointed in 1834 to succeed George W. Robinson, who had been Presiding Judge of the County Court, Isaac was elected in 1835 and served in the County Court until 1836. In 1837 Isaac was re-elected this time Presiding Judge of the County Court and served until 1838. Isaac was again elected in 1839 as Presiding Judge of the County Court. Isaac Mitchell was also County Treasurer from 1836 until 1837.
1835-1836 Henry Hunt
1836-1838 Andrew K. Harris – Harris was also a County Court Judge in 1840 until 1841.
1839-1840 Ebenezer H. Hibbits
1841-1842 Milton P. Cayce – Cayce had been County Treasurer in 1837 and held this office until 1840. Cayce then ran for Sheriff and Collector and was elected in 1841 and held this office until 1842. Cayce then ran for County Treasurer again and was elected, and served again from 1843 until 1860.
1843-1846 Charles Meyer – Also served St. Francois County as a County Judge from 1846 until 1850.
1847-1848 Edwin C. Sebastian – Also served as member of the State Legislature 1869. In 1841 Sebastian had been elected to the office of County Court. In 1842, again in 1842, 1843, 1844 and 1845 the citizens of St. Francois County elected Sebastian each year to the office of County Court. Sebastian was also later a District Assessor in District #1 in 1858.
1849-1850 Samuel S. Boyce
1851-1854 Elisha Arnold
1855-1858 Elisha Matkin – Elisha was appointed to complete the term of James Matkin upon James death in 1840. Elisha was re-elected to this office again in 1847 and served in this capacity until 1850.
1859-1860 F.B. Matkin
1861-1864 Thomas S. McMullin – Served as Sheriff from 1861 until 1864 and was later elected again in 1877 and died in office in 1880.
During the campaign of 1860, Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson had promised to allow the citizens of the state to determine the direction in the growing secession movement. During his inaugural address in January of 1861, Jackson announced plans for the formation of a Convention to address the crisis.
The Missouri Legislature approved Governor Jackson’s plan and enacted a process for electing delegates to a State Convention. With the measure approved, on January 21, 1861, Gov. Jackson ordered the sheriffs of all Missouri counties to hold an election on Monday, the 18th day of February, to elect three delegates from their Senatorial District to the Convention.
The Missouri Convention convened a couple weeks later and on March 4, 1861, the delegates voted to remain with the Union.
(Dunklin County during the Civil War: Approaching April 1861, Lyle Randolph, © Copyright 2011 Daily Dunklin Democrat. All rights reserved).
1865-1865 J.L. Resinger (Resigned)
1865-1866 Rufus Alexander
1867-1871 Franklin Murphy – Franklin was born October 16, 1819 on a farm near what is now the city of Farmington. Franklin married Mary Ann Alley on November 21, 1841. Mary Ann Alley was born in 1823. Franklin Murphy lived in the area of Big River Mills. Franklin like many others from this area left and went to California for about 3 years and later returned to St. Francois County.
Franklin was appointed Assessor of District Number 2 through the years 1857 and 1858. Franklin was then elected as Sheriff and Collector about 1867. He was re-elected to this office and later ran and was elected to the office of County, Circuit and Probate Courts which also included Recorder of Deeds and Murphy held these offices until 1874. About 1880 Franklin Murphy moved his family to Delassus, Missouri this is where he resided until his death in 1904. Franklin Murphy was also elected in 1880 to serve as County Collector. He served 1881 to 1883 then retired. Franklin Murphy had also served as a “Justice of the Peace” for over 15 years.
Franklin Murphy and his wife Mary Ann (Alley Murphy had 9 children. (1) Amanda J. Murphy Yousee (2) Sarah Murphy Cole who was married to Zacharia Cole (3) Rhoda Murphy Janis who was married to Felix Janis (4) Augusta Murphy Stevenson who was married to William Stevenson (5) Callie Murphy Keith who was married to James Keith (6) Jessie Murphy (7) Genevieve Murphy (8) Katherine Murphy (9 ) Thomas H.B. Murphy who married Martha Bryant.
1874-1875 Laken D. Walker – was township assessor in St. Francois Township in 1822 and was elected as county Assessor in 1825. Walker was also elected as Presiding County Court Judge in 1826 and re-elected in 1827. Walker was appointed as County Assessor in 1860 after William M. Cruncleton resigned (note this was around the great Civil War Era in St. Francois County and feelings were mixed) and again was elected to this office 1861 and served until 1862. Laken Walker also served in State Legislature in 1877. Walker was also called upon and appointed as Sheriff after the death of Thomas S. McMullin in 1880.
1875-1877 John B. Highley – Elected as Collector in the election of 1876 this is when the offices of Sheriff and Collector were separated to two different offices. Highley served as Collector from 1877 until 1879. Highley had also served as County Assessor from 1871 until 1875. Highley was also elected Treasurer in 1885 which he served until 1889.
Offices of Sheriff and Collector were separated in the election of 1876.
1877-1880 Thomas S. McMullin – See Thomas McMullin as Sheriff in years 1861-1864. McMullin died in office in 1880.
1880-1880 Laken D. Walker – See Laken D. Walker 1871-1875 (Appointed)
1880-1880 John B. Benham – Died on December 18, 1880
1880-1885 Zachariah P. Cole – Son-in-law to former Sheriff Franklin Murphy.
1885-1889 Peter A. Benham
1889-1891 Mark L. Creegan
1891-1895 Joseph H. Perkins
1895-1899. Willard B. Rariden – served as a postmaster in 1886. Rariden ran and was elected in fall 1894 as Sheriff and took office in January 1895 and served as Sheriff until 1899. Rariden also worked as a Special Agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Rariden also served 24 years on the local school board.
1899-1903 Jefferson D. Highley
1903-1905 Henderson M. Murphy
1905-1909 James J. Croke – From Bonne Terre was better known than most all of the other candidates in August 1904. James was married to Laura Porter and had five children. Croke had also been an engineer on the Mississippi River and Bonne Terre Railroad and had been a member of the “Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers”. Croke was also elected as Collector in 1911 and served until 1919.
1909-1913 William London – Ran after having been a Deputy under Sheriff James J. Croke. London won his race in the fall of 1908. Bill as he was called by most who knew him took office on January 1909 and served until 1913. In 1925 he was again appointed Deputy Sheriff which he held until January 1, 1929. London ran again in the fall of 1928 against Roy E. Presnell in this election London won overwhelmingly. London was shot while in performance of his duty attempting to take into custody an insane man by the name of Kassabaum on September 22, 1929 and died September 24, 1929.
1913-1917 Joseph C. Williams – also held the office of Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds from 1899 until 1907.
1917-1921 Charles H. Adams
1921-1925 John G. Hunt
1925-1929 H.B. Bud Watts – Born 1887 died 1940 Harry Benson (Bud) Watts who had been critically ill for many months passed away at the New State Hospital in Farmington. “Bud” as he was affectionately known by most St. Francois County people was born in Madison County near Cornwall December 19, 1887, where he lived until young manhood. When he moved to the Leadbelt and accepted employment with the Lead companies. He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Watts. At the time of his death he was 51 years, 1 month and 20 days of age.
On October 19, 1908 he was married to Nettie C. Laird and to this marriage was born one son Forrest who lived in St. Louis at the time of Bud’s death. In addition to the wife and son he is survived by one sister Mrs. Dora Knowes of Cornwall: three brothers U.S. Watts of Detroit; John Watts, Flat River; and Ed Watts of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Arthur and Hiram D. and one sister, Rosa.
In 1924 he was the nominee of the Republican party in this county for sheriff and won by an overwhelming vote. He served the county during his term efficiently and with credit to himself. During the past 8 years he had been an employee at the State Hospital. This is where he was working when his health gave way.
The funeral services were conducted at the Murphy-Long Memorial Church of which he was a member, on Sunday afternoon, Pastor Rev. A.C. Johnson having charge of the service. Interment was in the Parkview Cemetery with Cozean Funeral Service in charge.
1929-1929 William London – See notes William London 1909-1913 (killed in office)
1929-1929 John T. Smith – Smith had served as William London’s Chief Deputy and upon London’s being shot and killed by Charles Kassabaum was appointed as Sheriff until a special election could be held. Smith was the nominee of the Republican party. Smith lost this election in a race with Roy E. Presnell in October 1929. John T. Smith – Smith had served as William London’s Chief Deputy and upon London’s being shot and killed by Charles Kassabaum was appointed as Sheriff until a special election could be held. Smith was the nominee of the Republican party. Smith lost this election in a race with Roy E. Presnell in October 1929.
1929-1932 Roy E. Presnell – Ran for Sheriff in 1928 against William London and lost
1932-1936 In a special election Presnell the nominee of the Democrats won in a race against John T. Smith. Presnell ran for County Court Judge in the fall 1952 and won his race.
1936-1940 A.A. Bayles – Had served as Chief Deputy under Sheriff Roy E. Presnell and ran for Sheriff in the fall 1935 and took office in January 1936.
1940-1944 Arthur “BING” Miller
1944-1948 Herman Heck – had served as a Deputy under Sheriff Miller
1948-1952 Dewey Smallen – Also served as Juvenile Office of the 24 Circuit
1952-1956 Clay H. Mullins – Sheriff Clay H. Mullins was first elected in 1952
1956-1960 re-elected in 1956, re-elected 1960 and served St. Francois County
1960-1964 as Sheriff until October 1963 when his health had given way. His term was served out by two different men: Lloyd Pinkston from October 1963 until November 1963: Leslie “Buck” Jones then was put into office and served until the term ended December 31, 1964. Clay H. Mullins was a well liked man by both political parties which was proven by the number of years he was elected.
1963-1963 Lloyd Pinkston
1963-1964 Leslie “Buck” Jones – Also Chief of Police Farmington, also Farmington City Marshall, and for the Missouri Highway Patrol as a drivers examiner. Jones ran against Kenneth Buckley which was a close race and a recount was held on the votes and Kenneth Buckley was declared winner.
1964-1976 Kenneth Buckley – won his election in a race with Leslie Jones. Kenneth became Sheriff in 1964 and was re-elected in 1968 and served until he was re-elected in 1972 and served St. Francois County until February 1976. Sheriff Buckley was removed from office by a charge of “nepotism” being brought by the Prosecuting Attorney. James Hickman then was appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Sheriff Kenneth Buckley. Buckley then ran again seeking the office of Sheriff against Howard Eugene Archer . In this race Kenneth Buckley won by about 300 votes. Buckley served St. Francois County as Sheriff longer than anyone in county history. He was elected in this race in 1979 and took office in 1980 and served until 1984 and was re-elected in the fall 1984 when he ran against Republican Ray Parker.
1976-1976 James D. Hickman – (appointed to serve out Sheriff Buckley’s term)
1976-1980 James D. Hickman – Ran for Sheriff in the fall 1976 and was elected. Hickman was born at Bonne Terre where he attended school. He later was employed as a Deputy City Marshall. Jim was appointed as Chief of Police Bonne Terre, and left his job. Hickman was later Chief at Desloge, Missouri. He left this job and the state later returning to St. Francois County. Hickman was again appointed as Bonne Terre Chief of Police by the police board. In February 1976 with the recommendation of the Democratic party he was appointed to serve out Buckley’s unexpired term, February 1976 until December 1976.
Hickman then won the race in 1976 and was elected as Sheriff for his own term. He served as Sheriff until December 31, 1979. Sheriff Buckley re-assumed the office on January 1, 1980.
Sheriff Hickman had 2 Chief Deputies: Howard E. Archer and Clinton Coplin with about 65 to 70 unpaid Deputies during his 4 year 11 month term of office, he had more deputies than any sheriff in the history of St. Francois County.
1980-1984 Kenneth Buckley – See Sheriff Buckley 1964-1976
1984-1988 Kenneth Buckley
1988-1992 Jack Cade – Jack Cade was appointed deputy in November 1988 while Kenneth Buckley was still in office. Buckley had lost in the primary election to democratic candidate Vernon Nelson. Cade served as Sheriff for four years until 1992 when Daniel Bullock, Cades X-Chief Deputy won the office by over a thousand vote margin.
1992-2016 Dan Bullock was elected Sheriff in 1992, although several candidates ran for the office of Sheriff. Former Sheriff Ken Buckley, Flat River patrolman Rodney Adams, Investigator for the Prosecutor’s Office Phillip Horn, a local plumber Sherman Marler, all ran on the democrat ticket. Incumbant Sheriff Jack Cade, Deputy Sheriff Alan Wells, Bonne Terre patrolman Stan Jaco, Steven Brewer a machinist and Black Jack Bruce Nation a Goose Creek security guard ran on the Republican ticket.
Bullock and Adams were separated by less than 20 votes after the primary election and Adams filed for a recount, as it stood Bullock had won the democratic nomination. After the recount Bullock lead rose to a 22 vote win for the nomination. Jack Cade won the Republican nomination in a close race with now ex-deputy Alan Wells. Black Jack had dropped out of the race, and Brewer and Jaco had dropped out and thrown their support to Wells. Bullock, a former Chief Deputy, Sergeant, and Deputy under former Sheriff Buckley and Cade, also a Chief of Police for the Cities of Bismarck and Esther rose to victory in this long controversial election.
There were five individuals vying for Sheriff in the 1996 race. On the democratic side were Sheriff Daniel Bullock, Rodney Adams and Park Hills Police Chief William (Bill) Holloway. Listed on the Republican ticket was former Sheriff Jack Cade and Robert Schwartz. The Incumbent Sheriff, Bullock, carried the race and was re-elected to another four year term.
The race in 2000 was a reflection of the previous two races with Sheriff Dan Bullock again winning re-election. In this race he was pursued by two other candidates one republican and the other democrat. On the republican ticket was Jeffrey Weinhaus who had various disagreements with the department and wanted the Sheriff out of office. The democratic opponent was Jim Powell, a former deputy, who had no liking for the Sheriff himself.
In 2004 Sheriff Dan Bullock ran unopposed in both the general & primary elections, securing his fourth bid for sheriff.
In 2008 Eric Bennett, an investigator for the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and deputy sheriff, announced plans to run for sheriff on the democratic ticket against incumbent and long-time Sheriff, Dan Bullock, who was making his fifth bid for the office. Bullock walked away with 61% of the vote securing the democratic nomination. Former deputy Jim Powell had filed as a republican but lost the race in November, Bullock winning by a 2 to 1 margin for his fifth term.
Dan Bullock, a lifelong resident of Bonne Terre ran unopposed in the primary and general election for his sixth term as Sheriff of St. Francois County in 2012 making him the longest running sheriff in the history of St. Francois County.
In November 2016, Dan Bullock was re-elected by the voters for his seventh term as Sheriff of St. Francois County. Sheriff Bullock ran unopposed in both the primary and general election.