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Sheriff Duane Burgess is committed to guiding the Sheriff’s Office in the right direction and leading the best Law Enforcement Officers in the state in serving the citizens they are sworn to protect.

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Accepting Applications for Merit Deputies

Accepting Applications for Merit Deputy


The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the full-time position of Merit Deputy until June 14, 2019. The hiring process for Merit Deputies includes the following:  application during listed dates, physical agility testing to Indiana Law Enforcement Academy exit standards, written examination,  thorough background investigation, Merit Board interview, and a law enforcement panel interview.

After these examinations, the sheriff and the board shall jointly prepare a list naming only those applicants who, in the opinion of both the sheriff and the board, best meet the prescribed standards and prerequisites. The sheriff appoints county police officers but only from among the persons whose names appear on this list. 

2018 Johnson County Sheriff's Charity Ride

2018 Sheriff's Charity Ride Information

Sheriff Doug Cox is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Johnson County Sheriff’s Charity Ride will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Riders will once again assemble at the Franklin Wal-Mart store with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.

As always, the ride will benefit local Johnson County charities based on needs in the community.

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On Monday, May 27th, 2019, we will be participating in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Johnson County Courthouse with the Franklin American Legion Post 205. This is a day to honor our American Heroes who gave all.

We will also honor Deputy Tracy Miles at the Monday Memorial Day event. Tracy was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago on May 28, 1999.

Please join us on the north side of the Courthouse at 11:00 am.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will never forget those who gave all protecting the United States of America and those who have protected us here at home.

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As we continue to recognize National Police Week, we also Honor Deputy Ova Earl Vaughn. Deputy Vaughn was the first Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty in Johnson County as a member of the Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Ova Earl Vaughn
End of Watch: June 28, 1938
Age: 46
Tour of duty: 1 year
Badge number: Unknown
Cause of death: Electrocuted
Date of incident: June 28, 1938
Deputy Vaughn was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live utility line while directing traffic at an accident scene. Deputy Vaughn had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and child.
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As we recognize National Police Week, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office also reflects on the memory of Deputy Tracy Lee Miles, who was killed 20 years ago this month.

Reserve Deputy Miles was killed after being struck by a camper van while talking to a driver on the side of I-65. Deputy Miles was patrolling the highway and stopped to place a police removal notice on an abandoned vehicle. On his return patrol he noticed the driver of the abandoned vehicle attaching a tow rope to it. He stopped again, asked the driver for identification, and was standing next to the door of the vehicle when the camper van struck him. As the vehicle approached Deputy Miles was able to push the driver out of the way, saving his life and causing him to receive only a broken leg. The impact threw Tracy 126 feet down the roadway and he received multiple internal injuries. The driver of the van stopped immediately and offered his assistance. Reserve Deputy Miles had been an unpaid, volunteer deputy with the agency for twelve years.

Tracy, even though you have been gone for 20 years, you will never be forgotten.
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