Sheriff

Overview

The Office of Sheriff is a four year term filled through an at-large election process. Duties of the Sheriff involve two primary areas; law enforcement of the county and administrative. The law enforcement duties are to keep the peace in Lafayette County while administrative duties consist primarily of serving as the county jailor. Due to the growth of Lafayette County, the Sheriff Department now employs 26 deputies working four 12 hour shifts. Duties of Sheriff are outlined in Section 19-25 of Mississippi Law and include but are not limited to the following:

  • Appointment of one or more deputies
  • Authorized to obtain additional guards for the jail
  • Keep charge of the Lafayette County Courthouse
  • Responsible for the jail and protection of prisoners
  • Responsible for the Sheriff Department budget submitted to the Board of Supervisors
  • Responsible for filing a list of all department expenses to the Board of Supervisors
  • Shall attend all sessions of the circuit and chancery courts
  • Serves as the county librarian, maintaining census reports, statutes of the state, maps, charts, and other donations to the county
  • Maintains a jail docket, documenting each warrant and the reason any person is placed in jail, the nature of the writ or warrant and by whom issued, the date and time of the arrest and issuance of writ or warrant, the crime committed, and by what authority

Contact Information

Physical Address: 711 Jackson Avenue East, Oxford, MS 38655
Mailing Address: 711 Jackson Avenue East, Oxford, MS 38655
Telephone: 662-234-6421

Contacts

 

F. D. “Buddy” East                                                                                                     
Sheriff
Department: Sheriff
Address: 711 Jackson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655
Telephone: 662-234-6421
Fax: 662.236.0203

Scott Mills
Chief Deputy
Department: Sheriff
Address: 711 Jackson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655
Telephone: 662-234-6421
Email: smills@lafayettecoms.com

Johnny McDonald
Jail Administrator
Department: Sheriff
Address: 711 Jackson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655
Telephone: 662-234-6421
Email: jmcdonald@lafayettecoms.com

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