The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the County by State Statute. His responsibilities include law enforcement, administration of the Jail, Superintendent of the Work House, and security of the Courts. Law enforcement includes a wide range of duties including prevention and investigation of crimes on persons and property, service of civil and criminal warrants, and patrolling of county and state roadways.
Responsibilities of the Jail include housing of misdemeanor and felony prisoners, and supervision of the workhouse and inmate garden. The Sheriff is Superintendent of the Work House and maintains security of the Courts.
The Sheriff’s Office has 265 sworn officers and patrols approximately 583 square miles, with an estimated population of 115,000 citizens, and does not include the thousands of visitors who travel through Wilson County on a daily basis for work, shopping, and recreation. The Wilson County Sheriffs Office and Jail is located in the Wilson County Criminal Justice Complex.