It is the goal of the Brown County Sheriffs Office to provide quality law enforcement to the citizens of Brown County.  It shall be our duty to rise above the “old style” type of law enforcement of being “reactive” and “complacent” thus becoming “proactive” officers that protect and serve Brown County in a productive and professional manner. We shall also become “coactive” with the community and in this role will improve the quality of life for the Brown County citizens.


On March 1, 2012 the Brown County Commissioner signed Resolution 2010-11 dedicating the new Brown County jail in dedication of Todd Widman. Todd was a life long resident of Brown County and had decided to dedicate his life to law enforcement. Todd was well liked and respected by everyone.


The Brown County Commissioners dedicated the new Brown County Law Enforcement Center to the memory of Todd Michael Widman this morning at their weekly meeting.

Deputy Sheriff Todd Michael Widman

Todd Michael Widman was born in Hiawatha, Kansas on July 23, 1978 the son of Michael Widman and Brenda Wenger.

Todd graduated from Hiawatha High School in May, 1997 where he was well liked and respected by fellow students and faculty alike.  Todd attended Cloud County Community College following graduation and was a Junior at Washburn University studing Criminal Justice at the time of his untimely death on March 1, 2000.

Todd dedicated himself to serving Brown County through his work as a Deputy with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for over a year and half.  Todd made the ultimate sacrifice by law enforcement when he was tragically killed in the line of duty while assisting a troubled runaway observed wandering through the streets of Hiawatha, Kansas March 1, 2000.

Child Safety Seat Ruse Under Investigation

Brown County Sheriffs Office would like to alert the public of a possible child in danger ruse. A motorist reported on Friday the 13th at approximately 6 p.m. in the vicinity of US 73 and Sunflower, a car seat was spotted along side the road with a purple blanket over the top which made it […]

Armed and Dangerous Arrest In Brown County

On 5-12-2016 at approximately 10:45 p.m. a Brown County Deputy, on routine patrol in the vicinity of 300th on Kestrel, noticed a vehicle pull off the side of the road and turn its lights out. Upon further investigation by the deputy, it was determined the vehicle and the license plate were both stolen out of […]

Horton High School Student Receives Sheriff Scholarship

On 5-10-2016, Sheriff John Merchant presented the Kansas Association of Counties / Sheriff John D. Merchant Scholarship to Conner De Los Santos during the annual Horton High School awards night. Conner is a senior at Horton High School who was active in football, basketball, Scholars Bowl, FFA, a member of the National Honor Society as […]

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