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Knox County Ohio Sheriff Overview

Knox County is located in central Ohio with Mount Vernon serving as its county seat. Formed in 1808, residents of the county named it after the first United States Secretary of War who was also a hero in the American Revolutionary War, Henry Knox. The zip codes in Knox County are 43050, 43048, 43843, 43005, 43014, 43019, 43022, 43028, and 44628.

The highest ranking officer in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is Sheriff David Shaffer. You can reach him at dshaffer@rrohio.com. Second in command is Captain Jay Sheffer who can be contacted via email at  jsheffer@knoxcountysheriff.com. Lieutenant Craig Feeney is the Detective Division Commander. You can reach him at  cfeeney@rrohio.com. The Patrol and Civil Division is headed by Lieutenant Tim Light. His email is tlight@knoxcountysheriff.com.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone: 740-397-3333

Fax: 740-397-5277

Inmate Search in Knox County Jail

The Knox County Jail maintains an

of inmates currently incarcerated in the facility. You can search the roster by name, jail ID, social security number, FBI #, SID #, date of birth, and soundex. To view the information within an inmate’s file, you can click on inmate’s name. Within the file, you will be shown the housing unit where the inmate is located as well as the booking photo and charges filed against him or her.

The Sheriff’s Office also maintains an active warrant list on their website. You can view the current list

Any information you have regarding the individuals on this list should be related to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

Inmates are allowed visitation on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The hours are determined by the dorm they are housed in. Visitors are required to present a valid photo ID (i.e. State ID, Driver’s License). They must also be checked in before the visitation starting time. Those who arrive after the set time will be denied entry. Also, visitors are only allowed to visit an inmate once every seven days. Children visiting an inmate are only allowed during the first Saturday of each month.


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Inmates are allowed to receive letters while residing in the facility. Cards are no longer accepted. To send a letter, please address it as follows:

(inmate’s name)

c/o Knox County Jail

11540 Upper Gilchrist Road

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

To send funds to an inmate, you can deposit money into their account online through JPay or JailATM.

Working at Knox County Jail or Sheriff’s Office:

In some counties in Ohio, the starting salary of a deputy sheriff is $25.72 hourly. With more experience, he or she can earn a top pay of $31.83 per hour.

To apply for a deputy sheriff position at the Knox County Jail, the applicant must submit a completed application form (download it here) and a current typed resume to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office located at 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

The position requirements are as follows:

  • Be at least twenty-one [21] years of age;
  • Be subject to a thorough background investigation and personal interviews by agency personnel;
  • Demonstrate reading and comprehension skills in the English language to at least the 12th grade level through interviews and written demonstration of proficiency;
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity by successfully completing pre-employment polygraph and drug testing;
  • Be fingerprinted and subjected to a search of local, state, and national records and fingerprint files;

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

By law, all individuals classified as a sex offender must be registered on the sex offender registry maintained by the state where they reside in. Sex offenders are defined as individuals who were convicted of a sex-related crime. In general, a crime is considered sexual in nature if it involves sexual misconduct against another individual with the use of force, threats, or manipulation. Some examples are rape, sex trafficking, and child pornography.

Aside from the state sex offender registry, there is also a national database containing information on all sex offenders registered nationwide. All these databases are open to the public and should be used as a safety resource.

If you want to locate sex offenders in Knox County, you can visit their registry

The disclaimer provided must be read and accepted before you are allowed access to the information. This is to ensure that you understand that the government cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data. There may be times when the information you receive is no longer current such as an offender’s last known residence.

Bail and Bondsman

Temporary release of an accused person from custody is granted by the court if he or she is able to post bail. Bail is the amount of money or form of property used by the court to guarantee that the defendant will not leave the jurisdiction of the court and ensure that he or she will appear during his scheduled court dates.

If you are unable to post bail in Knox County, you can secure the services of the bondsman. For a non-refundable fee, the bondsman will post the money you are unable to pay and will be held responsible by the court if you do not appear for your trial. At the same time, he or she is legally allowed to force you to return to the court’s jurisdiction if you violate the conditions of your temporary release.

Contact the Knox County Public Defender
Public defender’s provide: counsel upon arrest, representation during criminal investigative proceedings, interviewing witnesses, arrange bail, conduct pretrial discovery, withdraw pleas, suppression of evidence motions, jury selection, opening statements, legal research, and more
Name:Knox County Public Defender
Address:1 Public Square, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050
Hours:Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Knox County Probation Department
Probation officers hold offenders accountable by ensuring that financial restitution is being paid to victims and community service is completed. The probation department provides warrant searches, sex offender lookups, DWI conviction information, adult or youth misdemeanor and felony offense records.
Office:Knox County Probation Department
Location:5 North Gay Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050
Knox County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined70
Avg Daily Population65
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll27
Full time total employees27
Total salaries and wagesnot applicable
Other operating expendituresnot applicable
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original construction2002
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Knox County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 201631,290
Number Employed Annual Average, 201629,874
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 20161,416
Unemployment Rate, 20164.5
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201550,914
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Knox County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20148,510
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201514.8
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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