Trailer Thefts

Sheriff McConnell wanted to let Lincoln County know that trailer thefts in the northern part of our county have become a concerning trend, prompting a need for increased awareness and vigilance among residents. Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable uptick in reported incidents, with thieves targeting trailers of various sizes and types.  

Local authorities are actively investigating these thefts, but community involvement is crucial in addressing and preventing such crimes. Residents are urged to secure their trailers with quality locks, utilize well-lit parking areas, and promptly report any suspicious activities to law enforcement. By fostering a sense of shared responsibility, we can work together to curb trailer thefts and enhance the overall safety of our community in the northern part of the county.

Proud Department

A citizen contacted Sheriff McConnell to let her know how appreciative they were on one of Sheriff McConnell's deputies. A family was having to bury a loved one and this deputy escorted the funeral. When this deputy got the funeral to the cemetery, the deputy stood next to his vehicle and saluted the hearse and family as they drove by.
Sheriff Joyce McConnell would like to say to Deputy Mike McGuire, Thank you for being a true professional and going beyond your duties!

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Sheriff McConnell's Vision

Sheriff McConnell is committed to providing law enforcement, corrections, and criminal justice services, through a partnership with the community, that builds trust, reduces crime, creates a safe environment, and enhances the quality of life for our citizen's.

Sheriff McConnell's Mission Statement

To enhance the safety and protect the citizens of Lincoln County by enforcing the law with integrity and professionalism. To strive to maintain the highest level of public trust with compassion and fairness while meeting the needs of our community.
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Sheriff Joyce McConnell

Sheriff Joyce McConnell has been with the Department 31 years. Sheriff McConnell was the first woman in law enforcement to be state certified for Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
As an Investigator, McConnell specialized in investigating child physical/sexual abuse cases and worked with the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute these cases.  Sheriff McConnell worked with TBI, FBI, and the ICAC (Internet Crimes against Children) unit to detect, investigate and prosecute child pornography cases in Lincoln County.

Joyce served in the Army National Guard for approximately 4 years and served briefly in Saudi Arabia during the Desert Storm Crisis.  After returning to civilian life, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating with Cum Laude Honors before beginning her career at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department in 1992.

Joyce McConnell was appointed Sheriff on August 1st, 2023 upon Sheriff Murray Blackwelder's retirement, making Sheriff McConnell the first female Sheriff of Lincoln County.

Chief Deputy Jeff Bradford

Chief Jeff Bradford, with 36 years of Law Enforcement experience, serves as SWAT Team Commander and oversees special function groups for the department. Special Function groups includes Courthouse Division, Honor Guard, K-9 Units, and Transportation. Chief Bradford is a department firearm’s instructor and is over the department’s Supply and Logistics. 

Chief Bradford started the Citizen's Police Academy and oversees its' operations today. Jeff has served in both Patrol and Investigations Divisions before working his way to Chief. Chief Bradford is a life-long resident of Lincoln County and has been serving its’ citizens since 1986.