Sheriff's Office History


"In 1886 Sheriff C.C. Mills was appointed by Governor Martin and later elected as Sheriff. Sheriff Mills arrested Hamilton County's first prisoner for reason of insanity on December 14, 1886. This person was transported to the jail in Topeka and was determined to be insane on December 30, 1886 by a Probate Court. It cost $9.60 to transport the person to jail in Topeka, Kansas. The second arrest was Henry T. Brown for murder on January 19, 1886, but the charge was dismissed due to no corpus delecti." These records were obtained from the first pages of the Hamilton County Jail Book.

The year of 1886 was an interesting year because the fight over the county seat took place. The county seat was moved from Kendall to Syracuse. Rumors had it that Kendall barricaded its streets and ordered to shoot anyone that attempted to move the records from Kendall. The records were moved November 29, 1886 and Syracuse has remained the county seat since.

On September 27, 1927 Sheriff Govan C. Mills and his deputy Ray Kumpf approached a vehicle on West Avenue C near K27 to check the occupants, not knowing that the vehicle was occupied by Harold DeWitt and Vernon Witt, who were armed fugitives. Upon approaching the vehicle Sheriff Mills was shot killed and Deputy Kumpf was wounded. The fugitives fled and were later captured in Pueblo, Colorado. They were brought back to Hamilton County where they were tried in a private home in Northeast Hamilton County to avoid violence, and they were sentenced to life in prison at Lansing State Penitentiary.

In 1976 the old jail was condemned and torn down. The lot was left vacant until the Hamilton County Library was built on the old jail site.

In November of 1982 voters in Hamilton County voted to extend a bond program to build the new Hamilton County Law Enforcement Center and City Hall. The building was designed by Vince Mancini of Gibson, Mancini and Carmichael Architects. The plans were accepted by Hamilton County Commissioners Bill Woods, Jack Helfrich, and Grady Grissom, and construction was started in August of 1983. The Hamilton County Law Enforcement Center was placed in operation on October 4, 1984.


 

The Sheriffs of Hamilton County, Kansas

Slade J. Denson                          Rollie E. Bray Jr.       
1884 - 1886                                   1940 - 1944
C.C. Mills                                     J.B. Pratt
1886 - 1890                                   1944 - 1948
A.M. Huffman
                              W.B. Carrithers
1890 - 1891                                  1948 - 1952
John Webster                             Dallas W. Johnson
1891 - 1895                                  1952 - 1956
Timothy Ellison                           Charles F. McFadden
1895 - 1899                                  1956 - 1960
J.A. Warner                                Dallas W. Johnson
1899 - 1902                                  1960 - 1964
John Brady                                 Russell Stinchcomb
1902 - 1906                                  1964 - 1972
John L. McCarter                        R.J. Nichols  
1906 - 1910                                  1972 - 1978
C.R. Dollings                               Edgar Hatcher
1910 - 1914                                  1978 - 1983
John L. McCarter                        Thomas M. Lambeth
1914 - 1918                                  1983 - 1989
A.C. Kibler                                  Terry Hazen
1918 - 1920                                  1989 - 1993
O.T. Jones                                  Daniel A. Levens
1920 - 1922                                  1993 - 1999
Lewis Henderson                       Bethanie Popejoy
1922 - 1926                                  1999 - 2005
Govan Mills                                Michael P. Keating
1926 - 1928                                  2005 - 2007
Lewis Henderson                       Richard M. Garza
1928 - 1932                                 2007 - Current
E.E. Ellison             
1932 - 1934
John J. Kendrick     
1934 - 1936
Rolla D. Warner        
1936 - 1940

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Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
103 W. Avenue C | PO Box 764
Syracuse, Kansas 67878