The functions of the Sheriff's Office include patrol, the investigation of criminal incidents, the service of civil process, jail administration, as well as criminal, civil & tax warrant service. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the processing of concealed carry permits and the registration of sex offenders, violent offenders, and drug offenders. The Sheriff's Office is also an active partner in the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force.
The Undersheriff plays a critical role in sharing the duties of the overall administration of the office with Sheriff Ridley. The Undersheriff's primary functions include supervision of Patrol, Jail Administration, and conducting criminal investigations. The Undersheriff also represents the Sheriff's Office at community events, a wide variety of board meetings, and at law enforcement conferences.
The Adminstrative Assistant to the Sheriff is tasked with those daily functions that keep the Sheriff's Office running smoothly. Duties include: records management and dissemination, civil process tracking, tax warrants and collections, grant administration, payroll, maintenance of personnel & training files, and accounts payable/receivable.
Administrative Asssitant Valarie Whistler has been with the Sheriff's Office since August 2010. Valarie attended Barton County Community College before transferring to Fort Hays State where she majored in Mathematics and Education. Valarie worked with disadvantaged children in the education field before joining the Sheriff's Office.
Administrative Assistant Kristen Tarman joined the Sheriff's Office in March 2012. Kristen attended Hutchinson Community College where she obtained an Associate's degree in Agriculture before transferring to Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Kristen is currently working towards a Master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Infectious Disease and Zoonoses at Kansas State University.