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.


I have been made aware of a new scam that has hit our area just recently. County residents are receiving calls from people with Hispanic accents stating that they are from the US Treasury Dept., IRS, or the U S Government and would like to recognize these county residents as those who pay their taxes […]


Brown County Sheriff John Merchant would like to inform the public that the new “Senior Safe” booklets have arrived at the Brown County Sheriffs Office. This booklet contains a lot of very useful information and tips for senior citizens everywhere. Some of the important topics covered in the booklet are: Contact information for for AARP, […]

Reminder for Aerial Applicators / Crop Dusters

The Brown County Sheriff Department has recently been receiving complaints regarding aerial applicators operating in the county. The Sheriffs Office receives these around this time of year and has pertinent information that needs to be shared with the public in the event of future issues concerning aerial application. Applicators who apply pesticides including Insecticides, herbicides, […]

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