Welcome to Ellis County Sheriff's Office homepage! Since our establishment on February 26, 1867 our office has provided continued law enforcement protection for a jurisdiction that covers just over 900 square miles. Situated in the crosshairs of Interstate 70 and U.S. 183 Highway our county has a July 1, 2016 census population estimate of 28,893! We are proud to serve the municipalities of Ellis, Hays, Schoenchen, and Victoria as well as the unincorporated communities of Antonino, Catharine, Emmeram, Munjor, Pfeifer, Toulon, Turkville, Walker, Yocemento, and all rural areas of our county.
We maintain a 20,000-square foot, 72-bed jail facility located right next the Ellis County Courthouse where we also provide armed courthouse deputies. Our history is rich with the likes of Sheriff James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, Sheriff Peter R. "Rattlesnake Pete" Lanahan, and Sheriff Alexander Ramsey.
We hope you’ll find our homepage useful as we continue to expand its resources!
Patrol Deputies are responsible for the preservation of peace and protection of our citizens. A few of their day to day responsibilities include civil process, warrant service, traffic enforcement, criminal and accident investigation, criminal and civil transports, animal calls, and assist Ellis County Emergency Medical Services and Ellis County Rural Fire.
Courthouse Deputies are responsible for security of the Ellis County Courthouse. A few of their day to day responsibilities include security for judges, juries, plaintiffs and defendants. Deputies are also responsible for running courthouse visitors and their personal belonging through the metal detector and x-ray machines.
Jail Deputies are responsible for the security and welfare of the inmates housed within the Ellis County Jail. A few of their day to day responsibilities include; inmate booking, maintaining order in the jail, escorting inmates to and from court appearances, bonding, transporting, and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary.
Detectives are responsible for the investigation of major case crimes within our community. Day to day responsibilities include interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects, collection of evidence, managing crime scenes, and providing court testimony. Detectives are also assigned to specialized crime units such as the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit and Ellis County High Technology Crime Unit.
Our K-9 Deputy is responsible for the training and caring of our Police Service Dog (PSD) Raiko. His day to day responsibilities include providing support for the Patrol Division, drug interdiction, locating wanted felons, finding crime scene evidence, and educational presentations. Logically, our Canine Deputy is also assigned to the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).