Welcome From:

Sheriff Murray O. Blackwelder

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 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 and visitors.
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Chief Deputy Joyce McConnell

Chief Joyce McConnell has been with the Department 30 years. Chief McConnell was the first woman in law enforcement to be state certified for Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
As an Investigator, Chief McConnell specialized in investigating child physical/sexual abuse cases and worked with the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute these cases.  Chief 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

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.

Chief Administrator Jim Baldwin

Chief Jim Baldwin brings 33 years of Emergency Services experience to Lincoln County. Chief Baldwin serves as the Chief Administrator of the Jail. Chief Baldwin has served in Juvenile and Adult Corrections, as a Deputy Sheriff, State Constable, Firefighter, Fire Chief, and is also a licensed Paramedic. Jim is a specialized instructor for the department and also serves the department as SWAT Medic.