The Administrative Division of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office consists of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Jail and Court Security Captain, Civil Process Sergeant, and the Sex offender and Firearms clerk.
Sheriff: Charles M. Heiss
The Sheriff is an elected official and serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Official of the County. As prescribed in section 57 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri, the general duties of the county sheriff are outlined as follows. 57.100. Every sheriff shall quell and suppress assaults and batteries, riots, routs, affrays and insurrections; shall apprehend and commit to jail all felons and traitors, and execute all process directed to him by legal authority, including writs of replevin, attachments and final process issued by circuit and associate circuit judges.
In addition to the duties prescribed in chapter 57 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, the sheriff shall also be responsible for the operation of the county jail as prescribed in chapter 221 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. 221.044 RSMo; Except as otherwise provided in this section and sections 221.400 to 221.420, the sheriff of each county of this state shall have the custody, rule keeping and charge of the jail within his county, and of all prisoners in such jail, and may appoint a jailer under him, for whose conduct he shall be responsible.
While the previously mentioned statutes outline the general duties of the sheriff, the duties of the sheriff are referenced by more than seven hundred individual statutes making the office of sheriff one of the most diverse and expansive elected offices in the state.
Chief Deputy: Major Gary Klote
The Chief Deputy serves as the second in command of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. This person is selected by and serves at the pleasure of the sheriff. In the absence of the sheriff, the Chief Deputy assumes the duties and responsibilities of the sheriff and is empowered to carry out the statutory duties of the office of sheriff.
The Chief Deputy serves as the Chief of Staff to the sheriff. He assists the sheriff in a wide variety of administrative tasks. These tasks include such things as the development of policies and procedures, preparing and managing the annual budget, employee discipline, resource allocation, and community relations.
The Chief Deputy oversees and supervises the daily operations of all divisions of law enforcement within the sheriff’s office. These include the Criminal Investigations, A.C.E. Unit, Patrol, K-9, Jail, Court Security, S.W.A.T., and Administrative divisions.
Jail and Court Security: Captain Bill Brasel
Captain Brasel oversees the operations of the Courts Security Division and the Jail Division. He works in close concert with the Jail administrator organizing prisoner movements, extraditions, and transports. He also works with personnel assigned to the court security division to ensure all prescribed security measures are met and adhered to.
Captain Brasel also serves as the training coordinator and firearms instructor for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. His duties include organizing and conducting annual firearms instruction and qualifications and maintaining accurate training records for all employees of the sheriff’s office.
Civil Process Corporal: Patty Denney
The Civil Process Sergeant receives all legal process issued by the circuit and associate circuit judges of Johnson County, as well as legal process from other jurisdictions scheduled for service in Johnson County. She maintains an electronic data base detailing all pertinent information regarding the receipt and service of legal process. The civil process sergeant also collects and deposits with the county treasurer all service fees and mileage associated with legal process. This person is also responsible for maintaining and entering all arrest warrants into the records management system of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sex Offender/ Firearms Clerk: Cpl Sheri Richter
The Sex Offender/Firearms clerk is responsible for maintaining a current list of all registered sex offenders living in Johnson County, Missouri. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all registered offenders are in compliance with all applicable state laws regarding residency, new registration, updated registrations, and change of address and employment information.
In addition to offender registration, the Sex Offender/Firearms clerk is also responsible for managing the Concealed Weapons Permit program. This involves completing all required documentation and background checks, as well as maintaining records for all permit holders in Johnson County, Missouri.
Additional Information: Major Gary Klote