Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 300 East Main Street, Independence, 67301 KS
  • Chief:
Phone: (620)330-1000
Fax: (620)331-1686

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is located at 300 East Main Street, Independence, 67301 KS. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office phone number is (620)330-1000.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office News

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*****Notice of Job Vacancy***** Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for position of Deputy. This is a full-time position requiring 86 hours on a bi-weekly basis. The salary for this position is based upon experience. Submit applications to Kansas Works located 317 N. Pennsylvania, Independence, KS 67301. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2018

**********PRESS RELEASE********** 08/15/2018 On the evening of August 14, 2018 two Montgomery County men were killed when their vehicle was swept off the road during heavy rainfall. The two identified as Dennis Clark Catron Sr. (72) and Dennis Clark Catron Jr. (39) of rural Elk City. This incident happened on CR 2950 south of CR 5400. During the heavy rain Deputies responded to multiple calls of stranded motorists and in some cases Rural Firefighters and Deputies were going door to door to warn individuals of high waters. Deputies also responded to an incident at CR 4500 and CR 5000 where a vehicle was found on its side in the ditch. No one was found in or around the vehicle and attempts to contact the owner of the vehicle was unsuccessful. More information on this situation will be released when it becomes available. There were reports of a tornado in the Elk City area. Several video have surfaced on social media of the funnel cloud near Elk City. If you have a video of the funnel, Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Whitson asks for you to email footage to him at During the storms the northern part of Montgomery County received high amounts of rain. Rain fall totals for the area range between seven to eleven inches unofficially. Sheriff Direks would like to thank everyone involved from the First Responders to include, Fire, EMS, and other Law Enforcement Agencies as well as every citizen that assisted their friends and neighbors. “In times like these when our resources ore stretched thin it is great to see citizens step up and help their neighbors”, “There are many unsung heroes that will never get any recognition for helping out in situations like these and their stories may never be heard, but the help they provide probably saved many lives” Sheriff Dierks said. More information will be released when it becomes available. Sheriff Dierks asks that you please respect the privacy of the Catron family during their time of grief. UPDATE: The owner/occupant of the truck found on its side in the ditch at CR 4500 and CR 5000 has been located at his home and is safe.

*****PRESS RELEASE***** MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Today, Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), Independence Police Department, and Coffeyville Police Department have arrested six individuals who they allege distributed illegal drugs. At approximately 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 2, Montgomery County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT) in conjunction with KBI, Independence Police Department and Coffeyville Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at 608 N. 17th St. in Independence, Kan. Substances seized from the residence tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, Marijuana and ecstasy. A firearm was also seized from the residence. Arrested were: Johntrail Johnson, 24, of Independence, Christopher W. Bryant, 32, of Coffeyville, Kaysha Dunn, 21, of Independence, Trevel Armstrong, 19, of Independence, Farris Johnson, 32, of Independence, and Robert L. Hicks, 44, of Independence. Each subject was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of ecstasy, distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of a firearm. They were booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where they await formal charges. “This narcotics operation was achieved due to the great collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office, the Independence and Coffeyville Police Departments, and the KBI. It’s great when the hard work of law enforcement can have an important impact on the availability drugs in our region,” said Sheriff Dierks.

We still have seats available! This event is geared toward educators, healthcare workers and Law Enforcement personnel, but Sheriff Dierks decided to open up the remaining seats to the general public. If you are interested in attending please send an email message to one of the email addresses listed on the flyer. Lunch will NOT be provided so plan accordingly.

Job Opening The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a full-time Dispatch Clerk. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, be at least 18 years of age, have a high school education or GED, and have no felony record. Skills include: good clerical ability with knowledge in typing, computer knowledge, MS-Windows with a minimum of 35 wpm typing skills. Good public relations, communication skills, and also must be able to use a multi-line phone answering system. Multi-tasking is a must and testing will be included in the pre-interview process. Interested persons may apply at Kansas Works Job Center. AA/EOE/VPE This is a night shift position, the hours are 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. with every other weekend off (Friday thru Sunday). For more information or any questions about this position, please contact Becky Dye, Dispatch Supervisor at 620-330-1000.

*****Press Release***** Today, July 6, 2018 is a day to celebrate. Today we send Deputy Mark Schuler home to enjoy retirement after 29 years at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. During his time here Mark has filled many positions. Deputy Mark Schuler started his law enforcement career working in the Montgomery County Jail and later transitioned to a road Deputy and eventually reached the rank of Sergeant. Deputy Schuler is retiring today as a process server. Deputy Schuler has served this county with honor and bravery for three decades and we wish him well in retirement. We celebrated Mark’s retirement last week with a Sheriff’s Office luncheon and awards ceremony. During the ceremony five officers were given commendations. Deputy Ricky Long was awarded a commendation for Meritorious Conduct, Deputy Ian Hurst received The Medal of Honor, Sgt. Mike Grimes, and Sgt Kyle Hand each received the Medal of Valor, and Deputy Phil Loveless was named as Deputy of the Year by Sheriff Dierks for 2017.

*****Job Opening***** The Montgomery County Jail is currently accepting applications for full-time employment Jail Officers Qualifications: Must be 20 years of age or older, have high school diploma or GED equivalent, verifiable work experience, correctable vision to 20/20, and must possess valid Kansas Drivers License. No Felony or serious misdemeanor convictions allowed. Serious traffic violations may also disqualify applicant. Applicant must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen and physical exam by a Doctor. Applicant must be proficient with computer. Primary Responsibilities: Supervise inmates in a direct supervision setting, maintain discipline, enforce rules and regulations, and may be called upon to use necessary force for control purposes. Receives, assigns, and transports inmates to housing assignments, issue bedding, clothing, supplies, and assist with food service. Inspects and searches inmates and their living areas. Transport inmates to and from various activities. Prepare and present written and oral reports as required. Any other duties as may be assigned. Shift work with 12 hour shifts. Benefits: Paid vacation, holiday and sick time. Health and Dental plans. KPERS retirement program. This is an excellent opportunity for advancement into other Law Enforcement and Jail positions. Salary: Based on Experience Applications are available through Kansas Works Questions should be directed to Lieutenant Thiessen 620-330-1240 ext. 266

**********PRESS RELEASE********** 06/12/2018 On 06/08/2018 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the rest stop on US169 just north of US400 for a report of a deceased man in a truck. When Deputies arrived they found a man later identified as Jerry L. Mahlstedt 59 of Crane, MO, in the front driver’s seat of a white Ford F-150 truck. Investigators from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the death and sent Mahlstedt’s remains for autopsy. There were no signs of foul play in or around the truck, which was owned by Mahlstedt. On Monday 06/11/2018 Investigators received a preliminary autopsy report from the agency performing the autopsy. The report indicated Mahlstedt had died of natural causes. Next of kin have been notified. Sheriff Dierks said Mahlstedt did not have any family in the local area and from all indications it appears as if Mr. Mahlstedt suffered a medical emergency while passing through the county.

**********PRESS RELEASE********** 06/07/2018 On June 5, 2018 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary of Jumpstart South located at 10th Street Road and College Ave, south of Independence. In speaking with employees it was determined cash and property had been stolen and there was costly damage to equipment inside the store. Investigators had quickly developed a suspect and after a valuable tip from Independence Police Department led investigators to execute a search warrant of a residence located at 924 E. Cottonwood, in Independence. During the execution of the search warrant property from the burglary of Jumpstart South was recovered and three individuals were taken into custody. Narcotics to include marijuana, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence as well. Investigators from MGSO are recommending charges of burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, and multiple drug offences for two of the individuals taken into custody during the search warrant. Donnie Caldwell, 48 of Independence and Carol Correia, 52 also of Independence are currently being held in Montgomery County Department of Corrections. The third individual taken into custody was later released and no charges are expected. Sheriff Dierks expressed his appreciation for the information and assistance provided by Independence Police Department saying “The information provided by Independence Police Department was key in solving this burglary” and “I really appreciate their help in solving this case.” Sheriff Dierks went on to say “Sometimes it just takes one clue or one piece of evidence to solve a crime, and this time the good guys won.” All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Congatulations to Jamie DeWitt and Robert Allen on their service awards. Jamie has been at the Sheriff's Office for 10 years and Robert received his award for 15 years of service.

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**********PRESS RELEASE********** On 04/16/2018 Deputies and Investigators from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office along with Coffeyville Police Department and Kansas Wildlife and Parks Officers searched for a man named Cory Barnes from Texas. Barnes had been reported missing by his family on Saturday morning after he had not come home after he walked out of a Coffeyville downtown business on Friday night around 10:45 PM. At approximately 3:30 PM on the 16th Barnes was located deceased near the Verdigris River Bridge east of Coffeyville by a Deputy in an airplane who had been searching the area. At this point the cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy and the investigation is ongoing. The area of concentration during the search included several square miles on the east half of Montgomery County. Sheriff Dierks would like to thank all involved in the search, “My Deputies along with Coffeyville Police Department Officers, and Wildlife and Parks Agents work really well together”, and “that cooperation between agencies is so important when it comes to completing a task of this magnitude” Dierks said. Sheriff Dierks asks for privacy for the family as they grieve the loss of a loved one.

Announcement A Jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday April, 16 and continue through Friday April 20, 2018 at the Montgomery County Judicial Center located at 300 E. Main, in Independence. There will be metal detectors set up at the entrance of the courthouse. We ask that you please leave all over sized bags and purses in your vehicles. All persons entering the building will be subject to the metal detector. Banned items include but, not limited to knives, guns, and ammunition. None of these items will be allowed in the facility, except by law enforcement officials. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in this matter.

*****PRESS RELEASE ***** On afternoon of Sunday April, 8 Montgomery County Deputies responded to a fatal traffic accident. Garry Bush and Jana Bush of Caney were west bound in Dodge truck on US166 at CR 3700 when a Chevy truck driven by Derek Messner of Coffeyville collided with Bush's vehicle head on. Garry Bush and Messner were pronounced dead on scene. Jana Bush was transported to CRMC and later flown to a Joplin trauma center. The is no update on Jana Bush's condition at this time. Kansas Highway Patrol is working the accident scene. Sheriff Robert Dierks would like to offer his sincere sympathy to both families and asks the public to give the families privacy in their time of grief.

Do you know this little fella? He was found on 03/15/2018 east of 10th Street, road/CR3900 on College Ave/CR4000. If you know where he belongs please call 620-330-1000

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Robert Dierks, Sheriff For Immediate Release 3-9-2018-Independence, Kansas-Representatives from the Independence Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Department for Children and Family services, and USD 446 met this week to forge an anti-truancy task force. The Anti-Truancy Task Force was formed out of a request from USD 446 Superintendent Rusty Arnold. “Mr. Arnold asked us to provide more officers for truancy enforcement but we do not have the resources right now” Chief Harrison said. Harrison agreed to approach area agencies and ask for help. The task force planned a few operations at their first meeting. A series of dates have been selected and all agencies have agreed to contribute to the goal of getting students in school. Starting next week the task force members will meet at the schools and get lists of truant students. Task force members will fan out across the district and track down students and their parents. The task force is taking a zero-tolerance approach to truancy. Any student listed as truant that is not in school will be sought and all resources available will be used to get them back in school. Harrison agreed with the superintendent that if these kids are not in class now, they may be law enforcement’s problem in the near future. Sheriff Dierks said, “Let’s deal with this problem now and send the message that these kids need to be in school.” State law specifically lists who is mandated to be in school. Any students that have three consecutive unexcused absences, miss five days in a semester, or seven days in a school year are considered truant under state law. The Anti-Truancy Task Force urges parents and kids to obey the law and have their kids in school. “We don’t want kids in trouble, we want them in class” said Sheriff Dierks.

Job Opening The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a full-time Dispatch Clerk. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, be at least 18 years of age, have a high school education or GED, and have no felony record. Skills include: good clerical ability with knowledge in typing, computer knowledge, MS-Windows with a minimum of 35 wpm typing skills. Good public relations, communication skills, and also must be able to use a multi-line phone answering system. Multi-tasking is a must and testing will be included in the pre-interview process. Interested persons may apply at Kansas Works Job Center. AA/EOE/VPE This is a night shift position, the hours are 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. with every other weekend off (Friday thru Sunday). For more information or any questions about this position, please contact Becky Dye, Dispatch Supervisor at 620-330-1000.

**********PRESS RELEASE********** 02/28/2018 Recently law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County and the surrounding area have responded to multiple calls of stolen trailers and equipment. On 02/27/2018 Deputies located a stolen trailer and Skid loader. The trailer was one stolen in Montgomery County and skid loader was stolen in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. A suspect named Richard “Rick” Fontes of Caney, KS was arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. A second trailer believed to be stolen was seized from vehicle repair shop operated by Fontes. Later that evening a hay trailer stolen in Labette County was recovered by Deputies in Montgomery County. This stolen trailer is also alleged to have been in the possession of Fontes recently. Sheriff Dierks stated his Deputies have been working hard trying to solve these thefts. He would also like to remind the citizens in the county to write down VIN numbers and serial numbers to your property. When possible take photos of your property and keep a detailed description. These small details can make identification of stolen property much easier.