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Sheriff's Office
A Brief History
Sheriff Richard Hickox
Richard Hickox

180 West A Street
Fallon, NV  89406

Ph: (775)423-3116
Fax: (775)423-3298

Civil Division Office
Ph: (775)423-8083
Fax: (775)423-6689

Ph: (775)423-1596
Fax: (775)423-3298

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emergency Hours
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Emergency: 9-1-1

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office was founded in 1864 with the appointment of Walter L. Gates as Sheriff by the Governor of Nevada. The first election was held later that year and James G. Hughes was the first elected Churchill County Sheriff – elected to a 2-year term. Since then there have been twenty-nine different men elected Sheriff of Churchill County with the current sheriff being the 31st in the long history of the office. In 1866, when the election ended in a tie between Tom H. Ellison and E. L Coldron, both men served as sheriff until Ellison died in 1867.

The looking-glass of history gives one the understanding of their own minuscule significance when the sands of time are falling. The most significant thing one can do is serve, therefore, service is the center of our philosophy at the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office.

Mission Statement

The Churchill County Sheriff's Office mission is to provide effective and efficient law enforcement and public safety services to the residents and visitors of Churchill County. We strive to accomplish this mission in a fair and consistent manner with a professional and highly trained staff.