History Room

Historic Photo
As the county began taking root, officials knew they needed to settle on a name in order to organize the burgeoning territory. In 1855, as Kansas itself was still a fledgling territory, the county was first organized as Lykins County. In 1861, it was renamed Miami County after Kansas became the 34th state in the Union.

Located 40 miles south of Kansas City on the Kansas-Missouri state line, Miami County is no longer a sleepy bedroom community. The county is home to approximately 30,000 residents and growing. In 2010, Miami County was the fifth-fastest growing county in the state.

History Room
For more than 150 years, Miami County has been served by an individual sworn to protect the residents and interests of the county. In its history, the Sheriff’s Office has been led by 39 sheriffs. As a way to keep the history of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office alive, the agency features a history room filled with memorabilia as well as the photos of most of the men who served as sheriff since August 1855.

The history room allows visitors to take a trip back in time to see how law enforcement has evolved over the years. The history room’s display case features such items as the Sheriff’s Office’s first intoxication detector, fittingly called the “drunkometer,” radio equipment, and other tools used by law enforcement in years past.

Lending Items for Display
Anyone interested in lending items for display, or have photographs of former sheriffs, can call the Sheriff’s Office. For more information on the history room, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 913-294-3232.

Former Sheriff Photos
Historians are still looking for former sheriff's photos. The following list is a complete roster of people who served as sheriff of Miami County and the years they were first appointed or elected. The names in bold indicate the names of those whose photos have yet to be located by sheriff's office historians. If you can help, call 913-294-4444.
  • B.P. Cambell, 1855
  • Elias Hughes, 1857
  • A.J. Henson, 1857
  • Henry H. Williams, 1857
  • W. P. Dutton, 1861
  • William G. Rainey, 1865
  • David Anderson, 1869
  • William Weaver, 1873
  • John Howard, 1875
  • Amos W. Long, 1879
  • Charles T. Shoemaker, 1883
  • George D. Barkalow, 1887
  • Robert E. Mathews, 1889
  • Demetrius E. Butts, 1891
  • Alexander Hamlin, 1895
  • Alfred H. Jelly, 1899
  • Thomas M. Redd, 1904
  • C.A. Tolman, 1906
  • Francis M. Chandler, 1910
  • Morton E. Stevenson, 1914
  • George A. Lamm, 1918
  • Jack S. Barnes, 1922
  • Jasper C. Young, 1926
  • Joseph C. Achey, 1930
  • Harve R. Lininger, 1934
  • Edward Schlotman, 1938
  • Joseph C. Achey, 1942
  • James E. Ingle, 1944
  • Kenneth Cook, 1948
  • Chester Attebery, 1952
  • Alva C. Farrar, 1952
  • Boyd C. Hollinger, 1956
  • Martin E. Prothe, 1960
  • Alva C. Farrar, 1964
  • Jerry Miller, 1966
  • Leslie Barrett, 1970
  • Charles M. Light, 1972
  • Daniel R. Morgan, 1984
  • Ken L. Davis, 1994
  • Frank W. Kelly, 1994