Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is seeking individuals interested in becoming a Deputy Sheriff or Correctional Officer.

    Candidates must be a citizen of the United States. Must be 21 years of age at the time application is received. Must possess a valid driver's license. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. All applicants must be able to successfully complete a physical "POWER" fitness test, written test, oral interview, psychological test and drug test. Applicants may not have a criminal history. Must reside in Montgomery County by the end of the probationary period. Bonus points are given for veterans, prior police experience and higher education degrees.

    All interested individuals must obtain an application from the MCSO in Hillsboro or online at on the Sheriff's page. The application must be completed and brought to a mandatory orientation meeting. Two meetings will be held at the Montgomery County Historic Courthouse on the 2nd floor in the County Board room on Friday, July 13, 2018. Applicants must attend one of the meetings at 10:00 AM or 5:00 PM. All applicants will receive additional information regarding the position and upcoming dates and times for testing.


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Montgomery County Jail & The Montgomery County Sheriff Offices are located one block north of the Historic Courthouse in Hillsboro. 140 N Main St. Hillsboro, IL. Hillsboro sits on the junction of Illinois Route 16 and 127. Turn off Route 16 east to Historic Courthouse, around courthouse and north to jail.

Jail visiting hours are 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Special instructions for Law Enforcement officers: Sally port is on north side of jail. There is an intercom on west entrance to communicate with jail personnel.

Phone:(217) 532-9511
Jail Phone: (217) 532-9514
Fax:(217) 532-6318
Mailing Address:
140 N. Main St.
Hillsboro, IL 62049

Email addresses:

Sheriff Rick Robbins:
Chief Deputy Bruce Sanford:
Jail Administrator Kevin Knisley:



The Sheriff's Staff

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Sheriff Rick Robbins

Chief Deputy:
Bruce Sanford

Jail Administrator:
Kevin Knisley

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has nine Patrol Deputies, two Investigators, two T/C Sgt., nine Telecommunicators, six Correctional Officers, one Office Administrator, Jail Chief Cook, 6 part-time employees and two K-9 Unit's.

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County Sheriff
Rick Robbins


The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and serves as the acting officer of the Circuit Court and director of safety and administrator of the county jail. As such, his is the largest law enforcement agency in the county.

The overall mission of law enforcement is the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, the apprehension of offenders, and the maintenance of peace and order.

The sheriff is charged with the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of enforcing federal and state laws, as well as local ordinances within the unincorporated areas of the county. Although the sheriff enforces laws within the entire county, by professional courtesy and policy, his agency is not the primary enforcement agency within individual municipalities, villages, or towns which have their own respective law enforcement agencies, unless he is requested by federal or state authorities, or the authorities of any such community.

Briefly, the main functions of this office include:

Investigation of all crimes of violence and fraud, to arrest suspects, and to recover stolen property and evidence.

Provide basic police services to the unincorporated areas of the County and assist local law enforcement agencies.

Maintain a complete record of all traffic accidents, arrests, investigations and complaints.

Serve warrants issued at the request of the State's Attorney and all writs and summonses issued by the Circuit Court.

Manage all prisoners confined to the county jail and be responsible for delivering detainees to court for court related purposes.

As an "arm" of the judiciary, the sheriff is responsible for the service of civil documents by order of the court such as subpoenas, summonses, and judgments just to name a few. Foreclosures, property sales and auctions are also the responsibility of the sheriff's office.

The sheriff is responsible for the safety of those who work, visit or conduct business throughout the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

The county jail is an additional responsibility of the sheriff. The sheriff maintains the care, safety and welfare of jail employees as well as the care and custody of those detainees housed within the confines of the facility.

The sheriff is elected and serves a term of four years.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is a part of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.


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