Harrison County
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Bethany, Missouri
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P.O. Box 169
1501 Central Street

Bethany, Missouri 64424

Administrative Office Hours:
M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm

History of the Sheriff's Office

                                   

PAST HARRISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S 

 

John W. Brown

W.R. Allen

J.P. Devers

W.H. Hillman

J.C. Baker

T.J. Garrison

M.C. Gillidett

J.M. Nevill

J.W. Severe

R.B. Tedlock

J.B. Manifold

Harry Webb

Fred Daily

Fred Daily

Don Stockwell

Leon Riggs

George Martz

Rick Dierenfeldt   

Josh Eckerson

 

1845-1846

1848-1852

1856-1860

1862-1866

1870-1872

1876-1878

1882-1886

1890-1894

1898-1902

1916-1920

1924-1928

1932-1936

1940-1944

1948-1952

1960-1972

1976-1984

1989-1996

2001-2004

2013 to Present     

 

Henry Fuller

M.K. Howell

Thomas Monson

W.R. Simms

George Graham

T.J. Baker

W.H. Gillespie

J.A. Walker

A.H. Flint

Fred Tucker

Bert Hogan

H.L. McCollum

Chris Tripp

Melvin Smith

Melvin Smith

John Findley

Richard Stratton

George Martz

 

 

1846-1848

1852-1856

1860-1862

1866-1870

1872-1876

1878-1882

1886-1890

1894-1898

1902-1906

1920-1924

1928-1932

1936-1940

1944-1948

1952-1960

1972-1976

1985-1988

1997-2000

2005-2012

 

 

At the February term, 1847, the County Court let a contract to build a jail on the northwest corner of the square. It was used until 1860 when a more secured prison was built. The first jail was built by John and Clem Oatman. The building was two stories high, sixteen feet square, and the walls consisted of two thicknesses of hewn solid oak logs, 12 inches square. Each story was eight feet high. It was placed into service Sept. 1, 1847.

The second jail was a substantial structure which still stands today one block south of the square on 15th street. Work was begun in 1861 on the $8,000.00 contract, but due to the civil war was not completed until 1864. The jail was 22 feet square, two stories high, and was built from large dressed stone weighing from one to two tons each. In 1875, strong iron cells were put in at a cost of $2,400.00 to prevent the prisoners from loosening the stones. The jailer's residence adjoined the jail on the south. It was 15 by 30 feet in size and was built of brick.

The Harrison County court house was built in 1939. The jail was built on the third floor of the court house. At the time it was considered one of the most secured jails in the area. The current jail was built in 2003 and houses 42 inmates and the sheriff's office, Bethany Police Department and Probation and Parole is located on the first floor. The jail is in the basement and houses prisoners for the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and the Gentry County Sheriff's Office.