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.

Sheriff Warns Residents of Text Message Scam

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant is alerting residents of a scam being sent by text message. Merchant says several county residents have reported receiving a text informing them they may have an inheritance coming if they reply back by email or phone. In said one such text message read, “ we have an inheritance of […]

Prayers for Hiawatha Police Department Michael Thompson

Hiawatha Police Chief John Defore announced Wednesday morning the passing of a long-time Hiawatha police officer, Michael Thompson. “It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that I sit here this morning, drafting this press release,” Defore said in his press release. “The Hiawatha Police Department has lost a vigilant and loyal son. Officer […]

8th Annual Trick or Treat night at the Brown County Sheriffs Office

I would like to remind the public that the 8th annual Trick-or-Treat night will he held Friday night October 30th at the Brown County Sheriffs Office located at 709 Utah Street in Hiawatha. This year the staff will be dressed up as characters from the movie “Despicable Me.” We will be looking forward to a […]

Menu Title