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P.O. Box 701
Jetmore, Kansas 67854
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The Sheriff's Office patrols 860 square miles on the High Plains of Southwest Kansas.  HGSO provides law enforcement protection for the rural areas, as well as the County Seat of Jetmore, the City of Hanston, and HorseThief Reservoir.

Deputies patrol approximately 70 miles of state and federal highways and over 1,000 miles of sand & dirt roads using patrol cars and four wheel drive SUVs & Pickups.

Deputy Sheriffs conduct traffic enforcement, investigate motor vehicle crashes, conduct criminal investigations, transport prisoners, and serve warrants & civil process. Each day is different and may present new challenges that will need to be met for the Sheriff's Office to accomplish its mission.

Deputies are well equipped and are issued semi-automatic pistols, Tasers, tactical shotguns, and semi-automatic or select-fire rifles including Mini-14s, AR-15s and AK-47s. Most patrol units are also equipped with radar units and digital video cameras. 

Deputies are trained in Criminal Patrol Tactics and Highway Interdiction with a focus on the detection and deterrence of criminal activity. Deputies have also received training for a response to an active shooter incidents,hostage barricade situations and high risk warrant service. Their mission is make sure that Hodgeman County is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

Our Staff:

Deputy Sheriff Kody Hanson: Deputy Hanson joined the Sheriff's Office in 2014. He began his law enforcement career with the Goodland Police Department.  Deputy Hanson is a 10 year veteran of the Kansas Army National Guard and served overseas in Iraq during 2006-2007. He was deployed 2010-2011 to the nation of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and served as a Sergeant in a patrol gun truck.

Deputy Sheriff Davis Whisman: Deputy Whisman joined the Sheriff's Office in 2014.  He began his law enforcement career with the Rooks County Sheriff's Office and also worked for the Norton Police Department and the Geary County Sheriff's Office before moving to Jetmore.

The Sheriff's Office utilizes part-time and reserve deputies to staff special events that require additional personnel, as well as using these dedicated individuals to fill open shifts created by the absence of full-time personnel due to training, vacation, or sick leave.  Having a corps of trained officers available to assist full-time staff also makes good economic sense for smaller agencies, as it reduces the number of overtime hours incurred by the agency during staffing crunches.

Part-time Staff:

Deputy Sheriff Gavin Wilson: Deputy Wilson joined the Sheriff's Office in September of 2010 as a part-time Deputy.  Deputy Wilson began his law enforcement career as a Corrections Officer with the Kansas Department of Corrections and was assigned to the prison at Hutchinson.  He joined the Ness County Sheriff's Office in 2007 as a Deputy Sheriff and was promoted to Sergeant in January 2011 and served in that role until September 2012 when he was appointed as Ness County Undersheriff and he continues to serve in that capacity today as his full-time job. 

Deputy Sheriff Thad Brown: Deputy Brown joined the Sheriff's Office in April of 2011 as a part-time Deputy. Deputy Brown began his law enforcement career in Nebraska before moving to Kansas where he became a Deputy Sheriff.  Thad joined the Dodge City Police Department 9 years ago and is a shift supervisor holding the rank of Corporal.  Thad is a DUI specialist and is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and manages all traffic safety functions such as DUI Checkpoints and saturation patrols for DCPD.

Deputy Sheriff Neil Hardiman: Deputy Hardiman has served the Hodgeman County Sheriff's Office since 2005 as a Reserve & Part-time Deputy and has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Hanston Fire Department and as a EMT with Hodgeman County EMS for many years.  Deputy Hardiman is currently employed as  full-time firefighter/EMT with the Ford County Fire Department and was promoted in July 2012 to Lieutenant. Neil has received specialized training as a Tactical Medic and acts in that capacity for the Sheriff's Office during the service of search warrants and other high-risk operations.

Deputy Sheriff Felicia McKinley: Deputy McKinley has served with the Hodgeman County Sheriff's Office for many years as a Dispatcher. She began her law enforcement career in 1999 with Ford County Communications as an Emergency Services Dispatcher and worked in the Kansas City Metro area before returning to western Kansas.  Felicia attended the Part-time Officer's Academy at KLETC in 2011 and fills gaps in staffing as needed.  Felicia is bilingual and is a tremendous asset to the SO in our interactions with the Hispanic Community.


 Deputy Jeff Channell

Deputy John Whistler

Deputy Gavin Wilson

 Deputy Thad Brown


Deputy Neil Hardiman
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