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History of Sheriff's Office

Please contact Sheriff King if you are interested in sharing any information or documents of past Oregon County Sheriffs for display on this web site.

Sheriff George Underwood
Term: 2008-2016

Sheriff Tim Ward

Sheriff Junior Henry

Sheriff Chester F. (Joe) Hawkins

Sheriff Raymond H. Burlson
Term: 1961-1972

Sheriff Charles Wilkerson
Term: 1949-1960

Sheriff G. Wheeler Caruthers

Term: 1945-1948 

Sheriff J. Elmer Trimble

Term: 1941-1944 
Sheriff Charles Farrell
Term: 1937-1940

Sheriff Olney C. Lindley
Term: 1933-1936 

Sheriff George W. Bailey
Term: 1929-1932 

Sheriff Olney C. Lindley
Term: 1925-1928 

Sheriff J. Posey Mills
Term: 1921-1924

Sheriff George W. Bailey
Term: 1917-1920

Sheriff W.A. Denton
Term: 1913-1916

Sheriff Charles L. Davis
Term: 1909-1912 

Sheriff J.J. Pierce
Term: 1905-1908 

Sheriff Charles L. Davis
Term: 1901-1904 


Nathan R. Murphy


Nathan Murphy, the son of Velma and the late Ralph Murphy, grew up alongside six siblings in Alton, Mo. In 1990, when Nathan was just 23-years-old, he became the Chief of Police for the City of Alton. He spent three years with the city before resigning to become the Chief Deputy for the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department on January 1, 1993. While on duty on February 19, 2001, Nathan’s vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by a man being pursued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Nathan died from injuries he sustained in the collision.
During the time Nathan worked for the Alton Police Department, he became ill with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he battled until his sudden death. Even though he suffered through two bone marrow transplants and numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Nathan managed to keep an upbeat outlook on life. He never complained about pain or feeling ill. Throughout the cancer treatments, he continued to report for work.
He is remembered for being the kind of person who would go to the end of the county to help a woman who had fallen from her chair, or take groceries to someone shut in by an ice or snowstorm, or help someone who was lost or stranded on the Eleven Point River. Though he was very ill at times, Nathan continued to respond to fire and emergency calls, vehicle accidents, and other emergencies. One of Nathan’s good friends remarked, “He was wise beyond his years and taken before his time.”
Nathan did so much for so many, and asked for so little in return. He is deeply missed by friends, family, colleagues and all those whose lives he touched.

 Eddie J. Johnson, JR


Police Officer Eddie Johnson was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to a structure fire at a home in Royal Oak, approximately six miles west of Alton.
During the response his patrol car left U.S. 160 fives miles west of Alton, struck a driveway entrance, and overturned several times.
Officer Johnson also served as the fire chief of the Alton Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a reserve deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff's Office.
Survivors include; his wife Venita, three children, Victoria, Misty and Jordan, his father, Eddie J. Johnson, SR, numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death; his mother, Linda Johnson, one brother, Randy Johnson and one sister, Lovella.


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