Meet the Sheriff.

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps, receiving an honorable discharge. I then pursued my lifelong dream of a career in law enforcement by attending the St. Charles Police Academy in 1993 and accepting a patrolman position in St. Louis, Missouri, that same year.

I began working for the Phelps County Sheriff's Department in 2000 and, after working my way through the ranks, was elected Phelps County Sheriff in 2021. Our department provides law enforcement services to the citizens, courts, and courthouse, and we also operate two correctional facilities housing up to 243 prisoners. I also currently serve as the Emergency Management Director for Phelps County.

It is an honor being the Sheriff of Phelps County, and I am dedicated to ensuring the quality of law enforcement continues to be at the level our citizens deserve. I am truly blessed to have top-quality men and women assisting me daily in carrying out the duties of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Kirn
Phelps County Sheriff



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Join The Law Enforcement Certificate Program

East Central College partners with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department to offer peace officer (Class A) training and continuing law enforcement education (CLEE) in Rolla, MO through the ECC-Phelps Law Enforcement Training Center.
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