Niobrara County Sheriff History

The old Niobrara County Sheriff’s Office and jail were at 100 East 5th Street, Lusk, Wyoming. Construction began shortly after the county’s formation in 1911. The Sheriff used the upstairs as living quarters while the jail was on the first floor.
The Niobrara County Courthouse was constructed after the jail and became operational on February 2, 1920.
In the 1990s, the jail moved to the Criminal Justice Center at 416 South Elm Street in Lusk, Wyoming.

Harry R. Rogers
Harry R. Rogers

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1913 – 1914 Sheriff

First Sheriff of the newly formed Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Harry R. Rogers  (07/24/1868 – 10/13/1935)

Niobrara County Beginnings

 

Fred B Rogers

Fred B. Rogers

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1914 – 1919 Sheriff

Second Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Frederick “Fred” B. Rogers  (11/30/1871 – 11/02/1926)

Chris Joss

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1919 – 1926 Sheriff

Third Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Christian “Chris” Joss  (12/19/1876 – 10/04/1947)

Will Hassed

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1926 – 1937 Sheriff

Fourth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.
Mayor of Lusk 1924 – 1926

Obituary of William “Will” Hassed (09/06/1882 – 01/06/1937)

A Niobrara tragedy of January 1, 1937, 

Sheriff Hassed was summoned to investigate a ranch fire around Kirtly, Niobrara, Wyoming. Grover Baird, 50 years, mentally ill, set ranch property on fire, burning the home and outbuildings. Killed in the fire were George Baird, 84 years, and Charles Baird, 63 years, and livestock locked in the barn. Grover Baird admitted to throwing the family dog into the flames.   Sheriff Hassed and others found Grover locked in a building with a fire burning, saying, “kept the great lights burning to chase the evil spirits away.”

Niobrara County Sheriff Will Hassed resigned days after leaving the office to his Deputy D.A. Shoopman. Hassed went home and took his own life! His teenage son found his body in the garage. [Lusk Harald January 7, 1937]

Delmar A. Shoopman

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1937 – 1948 Sheriff

Fifth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Delmar A. Shoopman (02/16/1889 – 09/25/1975)

Benjamin F. Brown

Benjamin "Ben" F. Brown

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1948 – 1955 Sheriff

Sixth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Benjamin “Ben” F. Brown (08/14/1891 – 08/09/1967)

Ernest W. Jugler

Ernest "Jug" W. Jugler

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1955 – 1957 Sheriff

Seventh Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.
Special Agent Burlington Railroad.
Lusk Chief of Police prior to being elected to Sheriff of Niobrara.

Died in the line of duty heart attack.

Obituary of Ernest “Jug” Walter Jugler (06/10/1904 – 01/09/1958)

George Sylvester

George Sylvester

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1957 – 1967 Sheriff
1945 – 1957 Deputy Sheriff

Eight Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Appointed the widowed wife of Sheriff’ Ernest Jugler as a Deputy Sheriff to his office.

Obituary of George Sylvester (04/11/1899 – 05/12/1978)

Harold E. Rogers

Harold E. Rogers

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1967 – 1978 Sheriff
Ninth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

1949 Nine years Fire Chief, Lusk Fire Department
First Certified EMT in Niobrara County

Ninth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Twenty-eight years of service to Niobrara County, twelve as Sheriff, six as Undersheriff and remaining years as County Clerk and Assessor.

Obituary of Harold E. Rogers (02/29/1916 – 10/10/1995)

Gene Bryson

Gene Bryson

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1978 – 1984 Sheriff

Tenth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

He moved to Sublette County, Wyoming, and worked as a Deputy Sheriff until 2014. Forty years of service in law enforcement before retiring.

Samuel C Reed

Samuel "Bebe" C. Reed

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1984 – 1991  Sheriff

Eleventh Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

He organized the building of the Niobrara Criminal Justice Center North of the Courthouse. Justice Center was completed in the early 1990s. Jail Detention Center, 9-1-1 Dispatch and Sheriff’s Office. The largest county employed operation for Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Obituary of Samuel Bebe C. Reed (08/08/1936 – 04/03/2003)

 

Eldon Alexander

Eldon R. Alexander

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1991 – 1999 Sheriff
Wyoming Highway Patrol State Trooper.

Twelfth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Started earning revenue for the county by holding prisoners from other Counties and Federal Law Enforcement.

Obituary of Eldon R. Alexander (03/21/1942 – 03/17/2021)

Samuel "Bebe" C. Reed

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1999 – 2003 Sheriff
First returning Sheriff of Niobrara County.  

Thirteenth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Died in the line of service; Cancer

Nationally known for taking part in a National Man Hunt for Charles Moses, a killer from Nebraska.   
He was interviewed in a documentary, “FBI Files: “In Pursuit,” season 5, episode 3.

Obituary of Samuel Bebe C. Reed (08/08/1936 – 04/03/2003)

Rick L. Zerbe

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2003 – 2019 Sheriff
Undersheriff Niobrara County, prior years.

Fourteenth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Zerbe oversaw double-bunking the jail bringing the jail from six inmate beds to fourteen, increasing county funds by holding other county inmates.

We are modernizing the Office of Sheriff computer, servers, CodeRED, NG911 capable and one of the first agencies to start using interoperable P25 trunk radio system, WyoLINK.

Cary J. Gill

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2019 – 2022 – Sheriff
2008 – 2019 Undersheriff Niobrara County
1996 – 2008 Lusk Chief of Police
1980’s South Dakota Law Enforcement
School Teacher
United State Marine Corps

Fifteenth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.

Randy Starkey

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2022 –  Current – Sheriff
2009 – 2022 – Wyoming Highway Patrol
2003 – 2009 – Niobrara Sheriff’s Office
United State Marine Corps

Sixteenth Sheriff of Niobrara County, Wyoming.