Press Releases


Protest Monday, August 31, 2020

Office of Sheriff

Iron County

220 S. Shepherd Street

Ironton, MO 63650

(573) 546-7051




Sheriff Roger Medley shares the following Press Release. 

The protest by MOSA Monday, August 31, 2020 was conducted without incident. I would like to thanks everyone for allowing this to happen and this proves we live in a Country that allows everyone to not only have an opinion, but express it.

Again I would like to thank everyone that attended for helping make this event peaceful.  Special thanks go out to the following agencies and personnel for assisting in making this event safe by providing assistance.  Members of the Iron County Ambulance District, Iron County Sheriff's Office, Ironton Police Department, Arcadia Police Department, Annapolis Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Fredericktown Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol.  I would like to give a very special thanks to the many unnamed behind the scenes people.  These people always show up in various supporting roles and never recognized!


 My personal thanks to one and all!!

Jail Visitors Information

Jail Visitors Information


Visiting Days and Times –


Friday 09:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.     Males

Friday 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Females

All visits are limited to 30 minutes. Weather permitting


Visitation is subject to change.

New Release UPDATED 08/12/2020

Office of Sheriff

Iron County

220 S. Shepherd Street

Ironton, MO 63650

(573) 546-7051




Sheriff Roger Medley shares the following Press Release.  Shortly after 0100 am, 8/11/20 Iron County Deputies were called to a residence located in Vulcan, Missouri for a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located a 30 year old male identified as William (Billy) Shy deceased.   Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison removed the body and is having an Autopsy completed.  Witnesses stated William Shy was shot by McCoy Kelley when he opened the door.  The investigation is being conducted by the Iron County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol.  Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action warrants have been issued for McCoy Kelley.





The Iron County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol are continuing the Homicide Investigation and search for McCoy Kelley.   




Image 1





IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, effective May 16, 2020, and until further order of this Court, that the counties of Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds and Wayne will progress from its current Operating Phase 0 to each phase outlined below on specified dates.  However, if consideration of the Gateway Criteria indicates local COVID-19 conditions have deteriorated, the Court may remain in its current phase or return to a prior phase.


Operating Phase 1 Effective May 16, 2020


The Court will remain in Operating Phase 1 until May 31, 2020, at which time it will proceed to Phase 2 if local COVID-19 conditions remain the same or improve. 


Operating Phase 2 Effective June 1, 2020


The Court will remain in Operating Phase 2 until June 15, 2020, at which time it will proceed to Phase 3 if local COVID-19 conditions remain the same or improve. 


Operating Phase 3 Effective June 16, 2020


The Court will remain in Operating Phase 3 until the Supreme Court issues an Order replacing its May 4, 2020 Order.


IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the following persons shall not enter any courthouse situated in the counties of Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds and Wayne:


Persons who have traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days; Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days; Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency; Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and Persons with unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.


Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a court security officer.  Individuals not authorized to enter the premises because of the restrictions listed above should contact the Circuit Clerk at 573-546-2511 and they will be provided information on how to gain remote access to the administration of justice.


For more information regarding the restrictions for each phase, please contact the Circuit Clerk at the number listed above. 



New Release


On Saturday May 2, 2020, The Iron County Sheriff's Office was called to a location between Annapolis and Dec Arc, Missouri, in reference to a possible dead body.  Upon their arrival, a body was located in a creek near a railroad bridge. The Iron County Coroner was contacted and responded to the scene.  After closer inspection of the area and condition of the body, the Missouri Highway Patrol's Division of Drugs and Crime Control were requested to assist in the investigation.  The remains were removed and taken to a Forensic Anthropologist in St. Louis to help with identification.  From the preliminary investigation the remains appear to be that of an adult.



        Iron County COVID-19    


      April 3, 2020

 Effective 12:01 April 6, 2020, the Iron County, STAY AT HOME AND LIMITED ENTRY FOR NON-RESIDENTS ORDER, will take effect.  It is our desire local citizens and visitors voluntarily adhere to this order.  The Iron County Sheriff's Office is prepared to take action for those who deliberately violate the order.


Direct Questions to:

Iron County Health Department: 573-546-7121

State 24 Hour Hotline: 877-435-8411

Website: https://health.mo.gov/coronavirus

Iron County Prosecuting Attorney's Office: 573-546-2333

Iron County Sheriff's Web Page: www.icsomo.org


Orders attached below:

Iron County COVID-19 ORDER

Missouri Stay at Home Order

Informational Summary of Iron County Order


Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley, who is also the Emergency Management Director, Iron County Health Department Director Heidi Wharton, and Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs met with a state emergency planner on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Iron County Health Department as the result of COVID-19. 

In order to best keep the citizens of Iron County well informed with current and valid information, we are implementing the following procedures:

Jim Scaggs was designated to make all official public announcements concerning COVID-19. This is to assuring only verified information will be released to the news media and county residents  Heidi Wharton will update their Facebook account every day at 1pm with information she receives from Missouri State Health and Senior Services. She will periodically update information received and any general information on COVID-19 as it becomes available.  The Sheriff's Office website will also link to the Health Department's Facebook account. Everyone can help by doing their part. Wash hands with soap and water frequently Practice social distancing Stay home unless you need to get out for essential items Stay home and call your provider if you are sick

   Should you have any questions concerning COVID-19  please contact the Health Department at 573. 546.7121 or the Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services hotline at 1.877.435.8411

Press Release

As another year comes to an end and we begin a new year, we have completed the task of making a new budget.  Every year the Sheriff submits two budget requests, one for the operation of the Sheriff's Office and one for the operation of the jail. We ended the on a very positive note, we were able to complete the year well within our budget.  Our Sheriff's Office budget was about $16,000 under and the Jail was $41,888 under budget.  I've submitted this year's budget requesting about $476,000 for the Sheriff's Office and $247,000 for the operation of the jail.  The county commission met last week and approved our budget as requested.

This past year we were only able to recover a small portion of money the state owes the county for board bills on housing inmates.  The state owes Iron County over $100,000 and nearly 39 million state-wide to other Sheriff's Offices.   This is and will remain an issue we will have to deal with.

Since Probation and Parole are choosing not to revoke their probation for violations, this has increased the jail days which are not being reimbursed.  Another concern is the incarceration of prisoner's budget. With several new laws and rules in effect on August 28, 2017, and the state withholding board bill payments, this seriously affects the county's general revenue budget.


We have applied for and received several grants for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.  The Iron County Sheriff's Office was approved for just over $82,000 to supplement our Deputies salaries. At the present time, our deputy's annual salary is about $23,600 a year and with the supplement grant allows us to pay our deputies $30,000.  Several other smaller grants from MoDot and USDA have been applied for to assist in putting deputies on the road additional hours for traffic safety during the holidays. These grants have been a very big plus for the county. They allow us to invest in our staff which is helping us to retain highly trained and skilled deputies.  Another benefit is our deputies are choosing to make a home in the county and have become involved in many community activities.


Since taking office, we have been working to establish both short- and long-term operating plans.  Long term plans included infrastructure improvement, vehicle fleet improvement, and staff training.  

At present, I have been working closely with the county commission and have been able to accomplish upgrading our fleet to five Ford Explores, two trucks and four used highway patrol cars. The fleet is now all are the same color with easily recognizable markings. This has been accomplished with little cost to the county due to funds from the Law Enforcement Restitution Funds and Federal grants from the USDA. Deputies also have standardized uniforms, badges, and equipment. This was done to help our citizens recognize a member or vehicle from the Iron County Sheriff's Office.


Another short-term plan was to improve public confidence, criminal investigations, report writing, and community involvement.  At present, deputies attend all public events and we have sent two deputies to the School Resource Officers School. It is my intention to have all deputies trained investigators. We will be seeking additional federal grant money for this project.


Deputies meet the Amtrak Train north and southbound daily. Also, we will soon be able to monitor the train station from the Sheriff's Department.


Another issue we are currently addressing is the process of planning and funding a new jail facility. New laws are forcing counties to take action in the housing of different categories of prisoners.


With all the flooding the past few years and approval of the County Commission, the Sheriff's Office was able to purchase a Rescue Boat from Missouri Water Patrol.  The boat was purchased at no cost to the county using funds from a Sheriff's Special account.  The boat will be equipped with a law enforcement radio, depth finder and other rescue equipment.  With the help of the law enforcement restitution Funds, we will be sending two deputies to Basic Watercraft Operations, which includes Rescue Operations.  Once our staff is fully trained we will began working and training with each of our fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, and other related agencies.


The Sheriff was nominated by the Missouri Sheriff's Association to be a member of the 10 person Amber Board Alert Oversite Committee.  On January 15, 2020, Sheriff Medley went before the Senate Gubernatorial Confrontational Hearing Selection Committee and was approved. 


Sheriff Medley recently attended a class on the use and operations of Drones for law enforcement.  Upon completion of the class a Federal Aviation Administration test was administered and he received a Part 107 Unmanned Vehicle License.  We will be applying for a grant to purchase a drone for the Sheriff's Office.


We are hoping to purchase 2 new vehicles this year.  We have applied for assistance from USDA to help with the purchase of one of the vehicles. If approved the USDA grant will help pay up to 55% of the cost.  


We have decided to join with Washington, St Francois, Madison County, and the Missouri Highway patrol in creating a Major Case Squad.  With the limited number of local resources available within each department, this will allow us to have 10 to 15 trained investigators on scene and conducting an investigation within minutes, which quite often leads to an arrest within hours.


A special thank you to Chaplain Don Akers and Dr. Ralph Leigh for volunteering their services to the Iron County Sheriff's Office.

Bogus Officer shot or injured calls




TO:                     Iron County Citizens

FROM:                Sheriff Roger Medley RDM

SUBJECT:         Bogus Officer shot or injured calls

DATE:                 August 7, 2019


In the recent several days there have been several radio calls by someone posing as a Deputy Sheriff or Police Officer stating he is in need of assistance, that he has been shot. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office along with all surrounding state, county and municipal agencies are taking these calls serious. Only after conducting a thorough search along with contacting individual officers will the search be terminated. Once we locate the individual making the prank calls they will be arrested and face several Felony Charges.

Should you have any information, please feel free to contact me at the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, 573-546-7051 or the anonymous HOT LINE at info@ICSOMO.ORG

Town Hall Meetings

I have decided to have some Town Hall Meetings to explain the changes coming, with all the new rulings and laws and how they will affect our communities in the near future. Presiding Commissioner Scaggs, Judge Head, Prosecuting Attorney Parker and myself will present an overview of what’s to come followed by a brief question and answer session .

I have confirmed the locations for our Town Hall Meetings.

May 13, 2019 @ 7:00pm will be the Iron County Courthouse – courtroom May 14, 2019 @ 6:15pm  will be the Viburnum City Hall May 15, 2019 @ 7:00pm will be at the Annapolis Community Building


Sheriff Roger Medley
Iron County, Missouri

Load More