About Us

It is the mission of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working in partnership with our citizens to improve their quality of life.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office periodically receives thank-you letters from citizens and other agencies. We've reproduced some of our favorites below. (Letters may be edited for length or clarity, and identifying details may be removed.)

We welcome your communication and feedback. Please send us a letter or use the Citizen Communication Form (See attachment below).

Letter to Sheriff Dotson from a former inmate

Please refer to the following link to read a letter to Sheriff Dotson from a former innate.

The tables below indicate the value our volunteers and inmates provide to the Lincoln County Taxpayers. The volunteer hours are an estimate how much money the work they perform is saving our taxpayers. The table showing the number of inmate labor hours worked also provides an estimate of the cost saving for our taxpayers, but it is also important to point out that the work our inmates perform provide valuable job skills to return them to the workforce and lower the recidivism rate in Lincoln County.


  • George A. Landis was picked to serve as the first Sheriff of Lincoln County when the county was established by State Legislature in February 1893 from Benton and Polk Counties. George A. Landis remained as Sheriff until 1898.
  • In 1898 James H. Ross took over and ended up spending more than a dozen years as Sheriff of Lincoln County. A native of Lee County in Iowa, Ross was a Deputy under Sheriff Landis before he was elected Sheriff.