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Job Opening for Nurse




        Broad knowledge of medical needs for adults

        Certification to instruct First Aid and CPR courses

        Knowledge of accepted principles and practices of Nursing, with ability to effectively examine detainees, assess health needs and provide information, treatments, assistance, referrals as appropriate

        Knowledge of Standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation; must have strong written and verbal communication skills

        Ability to prepare medical records and maintain detailed files and charts as required

        Ability to effectively communicate with jail staff, personnel from other health-related agencies and families of detainees

        Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all department records and information

        Ability to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis

        Ability to follow all personnel policies and rules of the organization


        Graduate of accredited nurses training program and current licensing as a Registered Nurse in the State of Indiana with at least one year experience, and current registration and accreditation requirements, or a licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Indiana with at least two years experience.

        Certification to instruct First Aid and CPR courses

Starting Wage: $22.60/hr.  after 6 months: $24.41/hr.

You can get an application at: www.jacksoncountysheriffin.org  (Under the Links & Resources Tab) 

Or pick up an application from the Receptionist at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department  (Monday-Friday  8:00am-4:00pm)

Please return your application and resume by February 12, 2021; to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department or email them to: Sheriff Rick Meyer at rmeyer@jacksoncountyin.org  

New Release-Accepting Applications for Merit Deputy

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is now accepting applications for the position of Merit Deputy. Applications MUST be turned in by August 10th, 2020.

    Applications can be picked up at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Department is located at 150 E. SR 250 Brownstown, IN 47220.  Applications can also be printed from the Sheriff's Department website www.jacksoncountysheriffin.org under the Links & Resources tab.

    Applicants must be at least 21 years old, must be a high school graduate or have GED, must possess a valid driver's license, and must be able to pass a criminal background check.

    The hiring process may include all or some of the following: Physical agility test, written examination, department review board, background investigation, Merit Board interview, and voice stress test.  

    If you have any questions contact, Sheriff Rick Meyer, Chief Deputy Dustin Steward, or Lt. Adam Nicholson at 812-358-2141 or email. 





May Sheriff Sales Cancelled



April 30th, 2020


Due to the ongoing public health concerns involving the COVID-19 virus, and the guidelines for public gathers; all Sheriff Sales for Jackson County, scheduled for May 5th, 2020 have been cancelled.   

The next Jackson County Sheriff Sales are scheduled for June 2nd, 2020. 


Sheriff Rick Meyer

New Release



On March 18th, 2020; the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a report of possible inappropriate messages being sent through social media from a Crothersville High School employee to a 14 year old female student.  Detective Mark Holt conducted the initial investigation into the allegations after being contacted by Jackson County Department of Child Services.

            During the course of the investigation, it was learned that inappropriate messages were sent from Crothersville School's Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach; Gregory T. Kilgore, 52, of Crothersville to a 14 year old female student from Crothersville Junior/Senior High School.

Due to content located in the messages, Kilgore was arrested and charged with Child Solicitation, a Level 5 Felony. Jackson County Detectives located Kilgore at an address in Jennings County on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:06 a.m. Kilgore was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he is being held until his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

            The investigation is on-going and Detectives ask that you contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department if you believe you have any additional information.  Detective Holt was assisted by Jackson County Detective/CSI J.L. McElfresh, Detective Sgt. Stan Darlage and Jackson County Deputy Billy Dishman.   




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New Release

News Release-Jackson County Sheriff's Department

Today; March 23rd, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed an Executive Order directing all Hoosiers to stay at home except for essential travel.  Below are some FAQs that may answer most of your questions about what is allowed under this order.  Please help us in slowing the spread of this virus by following the Governor's Executive Order.


Sheriff Rick Meyer 


Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. Click here to see the executive order. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor's offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.  

A list can be found in the Governor's executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor's executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.  

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor's executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they're still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn't include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child's school?

Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

April Sheriff Sales



March 23rd, 2020


Due to the ongoing public health concerns involving the COVID-19 virus, and the guidelines for public gathers; all Sheriff Sales for Jackson County, scheduled for April 7th, 2020 have been cancelled.   

The next Jackson County Sheriff Sales are scheduled for May 5th, 2020. 


Sheriff Rick Meyer

New Release-Scholarship Opportunity



Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, announced today that the Indiana Sheriffs Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.  There will be approximately 40 - $750 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).

Applications needed to apply for the scholarships are available from your high school counselor or the sheriff's office.  The scholarship application can also be downloaded from the Indiana Sheriffs Association website:  www.indianasheriffs.org.  The applications must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriffs Association on or before April 1.

New Release-Burglary & Theft Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On 12/22/2019 Deputies Jesse Hutchinson and J.L. McElfresh were dispatched to County Road 500 W and US Hwy 50, in reference to a citizen calling in that they had witnessed 2 men kick in a door to a residence. Upon the Deputies arrival they located 2 males in the residence who were then taken into custody. During the course of the investigation the Deputies were able to determine that the males had taken items from the abandoned home. Arrested were:

Gregory Davis Age 38 Seymour
Burglary Level 4 Felony
Theft A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief A Misdemeanor

Ricky Joe Stewart Age 39 Seymour
Burglary Level 4 Felony
Theft A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief A Misdemeanor

Deputies Hutchinson and McElfresh were assisted by Officer Adam Behmlander with the Brownstown Police Department.



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New Release-Burglary & Theft Arrest

News Release-Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On September 30th, 2019 at approximately 5:55pm, Deputy J.L. McElfresh responded to 1324 S CR 740 W, Medora, IN in reference to a reported burglary. At the residence, Deputy McElfresh found that forced entry had been made in to the residence and a handgun had been stolen. During the investigation, Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the suspect and the suspect's car.

On November 4th, 2019; Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle.
Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the registered owner of the vehicle, Joseph C. Hacker; and those photographs, matched the photographs of the suspect at the scene of the burglary.

On November 15th, 2019; Deputy McElfresh obtained a search warrant to collect DNA from Joseph C. Hacker. Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn were able to locate Joseph at his residence in Brownstown. Deputy McElfresh executed the search warrant for Mr. Hacker's DNA, and at 1:12am on November 16th, 2019; Joseph C. Hacker, 33 years old, of Brownstown, IN was arrested for Burglary of a Dwelling; Level 4 Felony, and Theft. Mr. Hacker was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing on the charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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New Release-Burglary & Theft

           NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 21st, 2019, at approximately 3:43am; Deputy J.L. McElfresh responded to All-Star Paving at 4320 N US Hwy 31 Seymour, IN in reference to a burglary. While speaking to a mechanic for All-Star Paving, Deputy McElfresh learned that someone had entered the mechanic's garage and taken approximately $9,000 worth of tools, fuel, and a plasma cutter. While on the scene, Deputy McElfresh was not able to determine how entry was gained in to the garage. Deputy Jordan Hawn also responded to the scene and assisted Deputy McElfresh with the initial investigation.

At approximately 6:30am, All-Star Paving Owner, Kevin Heilman called Deputy McElfresh and advised him of video surveillance footage of two possible suspects. Mr. Heilman advised Deputy McElfresh that one of the suspects in the video is a former employee of All-Star Paving; named Daniel Stone. All-Star Paving was able to provide Deputy McElfresh with the last known address of Mr. Stone, and a description of the vehicle he would be driving.

On October 23rd, 2019; Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn went to the last known address for Daniel Stone but were unable to locate him. A short time later, the homeowner called the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and advised that Daniel Stone had shown up at the residence but left on foot. Deputy McElfresh then requested the assistance of the Seymour Police Department in trying to locate Daniel Stone. A short time later, two Seymour Police Officers located Daniel Stone at the intersection of E. Tipton St & Holiday Square Rd. in Seymour.  Daniel Stone was taken in to custody for outstanding arrest warrants from Clark County Indiana. Deputy McElfresh responded to the location where Daniel Stone was located and attempted to interview Mr. Stone. Daniel Stone refused to answer questions or cooperate with the investigation.

Mr. Stone refused to answer questions or cooperate with the investigation. On November 2nd, 2019; Jackson County Detective Mark Holt responded to Columbus Pawn in Columbus, IN where the stolen plasma cutter was recovered. Deputy McElfresh had obtained information, on the location of the plasma cutter, on the previous night; and requested Detective Holt's assistance in recovering the plasma cutter.

Daniel Stone, 37 of Seymour, IN was arrested for Burglary (Level 5 Felony) and Theft (Level 6 Felony), along with the outstanding Clark County Indiana Warrants.

The investigation is ongoing, but the second suspect has been identified and an arrest warrant has been issued for their arrest.


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