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
On Thursday, February 21st at approximately 1:00 pm the Iron County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Belleview School Administration of a possible firearm inside the school. Deputies responded and after a thorough search recovered a single firearm. The firearm and a student were transported to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. Since the student in question was a juvenile, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office along with the Juvenile Officer conducted a thorough investigation. At this point in the investigation it did not appear the student had any intention of harming anyone. The matter is still currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and upon competition will be forwarded to the Juvenile Court for disposition.
I do however urge people to not get there information from any other unofficial media sources, such as Facebook. The Sheriff’s Office will post information about most incidents soon as possible via Web page, newspaper and local radio channels, but only after the facts have been verified. Information being posted, not verified many times interferes with the investigation, which causes the official news release to be delayed.
The Iron County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for a Part-Time Jailer. Starting pay will be $10-$13 an hour. The employment application can be found on our website www.icsomo.org under forms/documents, once the application is complete it should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.
The Iron County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for a Full Time Deputy Sheriff, starting salary of $30,000 a year. The employment application can be found on our website www.icsomo.org under forms/documents, once the application is complete it can be sent to email@example.com. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.
The Iron County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for a Part-Time/Full Time Jailer. Starting pay will be $10.50 an hour. The employment application can be found on our website www.icsomo.org under forms/documents, once the application is complete it can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.
The Iron County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for a Part-Time Jailer. Starting pay will be $10.00 an hour. The employment application can be found on our website www.icsomo.org under forms/documents, once the application is complete it can be sent to email@example.com. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.
A New Year brings new challenges
As another new year is upon us, 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. 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. The Sheriff submitted a budget requesting about $480,000 for the Sheriff’s Office and $279,000 for the operation of the jail. The county commission met last week to finalized and approve the budget. A major concern is with the jail budget, with several new laws coming into effect on August 28, 2017, and the state with holding payments, will seriously affect the county’s general revenue budget.
We applied for and received several grants for 2018. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was approved for just over $90,000 to supplement our Deputies salaries and $9,000 to purchase three of the new state required radios. Several other smaller grants from MoDot has been applied for to assist in putting deputies on the road additional hours during the holidays. These grants have been a very big plus for the county. It has allowed us to invest in our staff which has allowed us to retain highly trained and skilled deputies. Deputy Davis attended a required MoDOT grant writing class in order to apply for additional available safety grants. All deputies live in the county and are involved in many community activities. With our staff being part of the community rather than just working here, this gives them a vested interest in Iron County.
Since taking office, I have been working to establish both short and long term operating plans. Long term plans include infrastructure improvement, vehicle fleet improvement, and staff training. At present, we have been working closely with the county commission and have been able to upgrade the fleet to 5 new Ford Explores and four used highway patrol cars. The fleet is 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 a Federal grant from the USDA. Deputies have standardized uniforms, badges, and equipment. Vehicles are clearly identifiable.
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 send them through the D.A.R.E program this Fall. We will be seeking additional federal grant money for this project which will allow the deputies to increase their time within the schools. Deputies meet the 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 types of prisoners.
Sheriff’s Office Staff receives Service Awards
Another program the Sheriff’s Office began last year, was to recognize our employees for their years of service. This award was presented during the annual Christmas party by the Presiding County Commissioner Jim Scaggs and Sheriff Roger Medley. We are very proud to recognize the following individuals for years of faithful service:
|Kathy Mayberry 10 year service||Deputy Scott Maxey 10 year service||Anna Reynolds 10 year service|
|Chaplain Don Akers 5 years service||Dr. Ralph Leigh 5 year service|
Deputies receive Commendations
I was very pleased to submit two of our deputies, Chief Deputy Jared Debrecht and Senior Deputy Scott Maxey’s names to The National Police Hall of Fame for General Commendation Award. Deputies Debrecht and Maxey were presented the awards by Judge Randall Head, Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs and Sheriff Roger Medley, for distinguishing themselves and bringing great credit to the sheriff’s office by rescuing a three year old child from brutal attack. The child had been physically assaulted along with an attempt to cause bodily harm. The deputies talked to the subject until they were able to position themselves so they could physically engage the individual and remove the child to obtain medical treatment.
At approximately 0130 am Monday November 6, 2017, on Highway 21 near the intersection of County Road 96 Thomas Ventimiglia, age 35, was shot and subsequently died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
1st degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges were filed against William (Billy) King by the Iron County Prosecuting Attorney.
King’s vehicle was found abandoned at Snow Hollow Lake.
At approximately 1300 hours William (Billy) King was located and taken into custody, without incident, near the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway N.
King was taken to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, where he was questioned and is currently being held without bond.
King was arraigned in Iron County Circuit Court by Judge Sid Person on the Charge of 1st Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
The incident continues to be investigated by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Unit.
Assisting Agencies: MSHP DDCC, MDC, PK PD, DOC, SFC,