MCSO 2018 096

County Sheriff
Rick Robbins


The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and serves as the acting officer of the Circuit Court and director of safety and administrator of the county jail. As such, his is the largest law enforcement agency in the county.

Mission Statement:

We, the professional men and women of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are vested to defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois. We will fairly and diligently enforce all laws bringing to justice those who violate them. We will improve the quality of life by reducing crime and the fear of crime through building trust and a partnership with the community. We pledge to Protect and Serve.

Core Values:

Taking pride in our actions, duties, development, and appearance
Adhering to moral and ethical principles at all times
Striving for excellence, accountability and effectiveness in our performance
Instilling trust and standing for justice in the face of danger


As a constitutionally/statutorily elected sheriff, I recognize and accept that I am given a special trust and confidence by the citizens whom I have been elected to serve, represent, and by the employees I manage. This trust and confidence is my bond to ensure that I shall behave and act according to the highest personal and professional standards. In furtherance of this pledge, I will abide by the following Code of Ethics.

I shall ensure that I and my employees, in the performance of our duties, will enforce and administer the law according to the standards of the U.S. Constitution and applicable state constitutions and statutes so that equal protection of the law is guaranteed to everyone. To that end I shall not permit personal opinion, party affiliations, or consideration of the status of others to alter or lessen this standard of treatment of equal protection under the law.

I shall establish, promulgate, and enforce a set of standards of behavior of my employees which will govern the overall management and operation of the law enforcement functions, court related activities, and corrections operations of my agency.

I shall not tolerate nor condone brutal or inhumane treatment of others by my employees nor shall I permit or condone inhumane or brutal treatment of inmates in my care and custody.

I strictly adhere to standards of fairness and integrity in the conduct of campaigns for election to the Office of Sheriff and I shall conform to all applicable statutory standards of election financing and reporting so that the Office of Sheriff is not harmed by the actions of myself or others.

I shall routinely conduct or have conducted an internal and external audit of the public funds entrusted to my care and publish this information so that citizens can be informed about my stewardship of these funds.

I shall follow the accepted principles of efficient and effective administration and management as the principal criteria for my judgments and decisions in the allocation of resources and services in law enforcement, court related, and corrections functions of my office.

I shall hire and promote only those employees or others who are the very best candidates for a position according to accepted standards of objectivity and merit. I shall not permit other factors to influence my hiring or promotion practice of the Office of Sheriff.

I shall ensure that all employees are granted and receive relevant training supervision in the performance of their duties so that competent and excellent service is provided by the Office of Sheriff.

I shall ensure that during my tenure as sheriff, I shall not use the Office of Sheriff for private gain.

I accept and adhere to this code of ethics. In so doing, I also accept responsibility for encouraging others in my profession to abide by this Code.

Main functions of this office include:

Investigation of all crimes of violence and fraud, to arrest suspects, and to recover stolen property and evidence.

Provide basic police services to the unincorporated areas of the County and assist local law enforcement agencies.

Maintain a complete record of all traffic accidents, arrests, investigations and complaints.

Serve warrants issued at the request of the State's Attorney and all writs and summonses issued by the Circuit Court.

Manage all prisoners confined to the county jail and be responsible for delivering detainees to court for court related purposes.

As an "arm" of the judiciary, the sheriff is responsible for the service of civil documents by order of the court such as subpoenas, summonses, and judgments just to name a few. Foreclosures, property sales and auctions are also the responsibility of the sheriff's office.

The sheriff is responsible for the safety of those who work, visit or conduct business throughout the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

The county jail is an additional responsibility of the sheriff. The sheriff maintains the care, safety and welfare of jail employees as well as the care and custody of those detainees housed within the confines of the facility.

The sheriff is elected and serves a term of four years.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is a part of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.