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Sheriff’s Office Administration Directory

Sheriff
– Michael E. Heldman
Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Hancock County
Captain
– Ryan Kidwell
Jail Administrator; Oversees Overall Operations of the Sheriff’s Office
Enforcement Lieutenant
– Mark Price
Oversees Road Patrol, Detective Unit, Communications, K-9 Units, SRT Team, Crime Prevention
Jail Operations Lieutenant
– Joe Hartman
Oversees day-to-day operation of the Jail
Jail AdministrativeLieutenant
– Jesse Sterrett
Oversees staffing & administrative functions of the Jail
Director of Transport Warrant
– Tina Driftmyer
Oversees operation of the Transport Warrant Unit
Human Resource Specialist
– Kathy Abbott
Personnel Management for the Sheriff’s Office
Fiscal Officer / Admin Assistant
– Becky Smith
Financial Officer, Office Manager, Assists Sheriff in daily office functions

Sheriff’s Office Organizational Chart

SHERIFF
Fiscal Officer
Captain
HR Specialist
Lieutenant/Enforcement
Director/Transport Warrant
Lieutenant/Jail Administrator
Lieutenant/Jail Operations
Road/Dispatch Sergeants (5)
Detective
Sergeant
Corrections
Sergeants (6)
Clerks
(3)
Road Deputies (16)
SRO (5)
Crime Prevention (1)
Detectives (3)
Transport
Deputies (7)
Clerks
(2 FT, 1 PT)
Corrections
Officers (34)
Cleaning
(1 PT)
Communications
Officers (10)
Detectives
Drug Unit (2)

Past Sheriffs of Hancock County Ohio

Don Alonzo Hamlin | 1828-1829
John W. Wickham | 1829-1831
Joseph Johnson | 1831-1834
Christian Barnd | 1834-1839
Jacob Rosenberg | 1838-1842
Elisha Brown | 1842-1844
Alonzo Wing | 1844-1846
Absalom P. Byal | 1846-1848
Hiram Williams | 1848-1850
Thomas Buckley | 1850-1852
James Robinson | 1852-1854
William W. Crates | 1854-1855
Daniel D. McCahan | 1855-1867
Abram Yerger | 1867-1869
Samuel Myers | 1869-1873
James L. Henry | 1873-1877
Parlee C. Tritch | 1877-1881
Charles B. Hall | 1881-1885
Lemuel McManness | 1885-1887
George L. Cusac | 1887-1891
Joseph T. Bartoom | 1891-1895
Johan Wren | 1895-1897
Ervin E. Ewing | 1897-1901

These ten Hancock County Sheriffs posed for their picture in 1923.
Vintage photo of Sheriffs

Ira Bushong | 1901-1905
E. L. Groves | 1905-1909
J. S. Johns | 1909-1913
R. V. Kennedy | 1913-1917
Ed Huff | 1917-1921
Frank Hoy | 1921-1925
Kenneth Clark | 1925-1929
Orville E.  Willford |1929-1933
Lyle Harvitt | 1933-1943
Orla Cooper | 1943-1952
Carson C. Davis | 1952-1964
William R. Bell | 1964-1981
Byron L. Boutwell | 1981-1997
Michael E. Heldman | 1997-present