Menard County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff:  Rod Harrison

Office Information


107 South Seventh St.

PO Box 476

Petersburg, IL  62675

Menard County Detention Facility:

315 South Sixth St.

Petersburg, IL  62675


(217) 632-4458  (Office)

(217) 632-2273  (Jail)

(217) 632-4418 (Fax)


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST

Monday - Friday


Rod Harrison, Sheriff

Chris Bolinger, Chief Deputy Sheriff

Jeremy Foulk, Captain/Jail Administrator

Description of Services

The Menard County Sheriff's Department provides 24-hour, seven day a week professional law enforcement services for the 314 square miles of city and rural area.  Each deputy is required to be a United States citizen with a past free of criminal activity.  They are required to have passed all minimum requirements of training established by the Illinois Police Training and Standards Board for a full time police officer. They must be in good physical condition and pass all screening required by the Sheriff.  They must complete and pass all firearms, self defense and physical fitness training, which standards are set by the Menard County Sheriff.  Each deputy is authorized to perform all the duties, in name of the Sheriff within the geographical boundaries of Menard County and perform all statutory obligations established for deputy sheriffs in the State of Illinois.

Deputies of the Menard County Sheriff's Department participate in a program to help combat the problem of underage drinking, driving and illegal drug usage.  By utilizing extra federal funding, extra patrols are staffed to combat this serious problem and thereby make the roads safe for those who travel our roadways.

As well as performing law enforcement services, members of the Menard County Sheriff's Department are involved with child safety seat belt education. Through demonstration and instruction, this program educates the public in the correct method of utilizing child safety seats.  It also provides inspection of personally owned child safety seats to ascertain if they are still serviceable or defective and included on the DOT list of approved seats.

The Detention facility is maintained in Petersburg to provide secure housing for those individuals sentenced to term of incarceration or awaiting court hearings.  Dispatch service is provided to Menard County deputies as well as the city police agencies of Petersburg, and Athens, emergency medical, fire and ambulance.  The Sheriff's Department also maintains a firing range utilized by all the county's police as well as state and federal police officers.

Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification is maintained by the Illinois State Police, however the Menard County Sheriff's Office does provide forms for use by citizens desiring to apply for FOID.  These can be obtained at the Sheriff's Office at the Menard County Courthouse.

Sales of property that have been seized due to delinquent taxes or mortgage foreclosure are held by the Menard County Sheriff.  Property scheduled for sale is posted for the public and listed in the local newspaper.  In most cases, actual sale is held within the Courthouse.

Menard County is served by 911 capabilities and cooperates in the "Sangamon and Menard County Crimestoppers," 800-397-2288 or 217 788-8427.


Detention Facility

The Menard County Detention Facility opened in 1984 and is maintained by the Sheriff's department and houses locally arrested and/or sentenced individuals as well as a number of persons held for prosecution by the United States Justice system.  The facility is located along Illinois Route 97 in Petersburg at 315 South Sixth Street.  The Detention Facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide secure housing for inmates as well as the telecommunication dispatch service to all police agencies, emergency medical, ambulance, fire and rescue agencies and personnel for all of Menard County.

Visiting hours for the Detention Facility are Sunday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Inmate phone calls and the telephone system is run by Securus Technologies.  No phone or calling cards are accepted.  If any inmate or family member has a problem with the telephone system they should request assistance from Securus Technologies.


Allowable Items

Those persons wishing to bring items for residents of the facility may only bring the following allowed items:

Medication - However, no drugs are allowed unless prescribed by a doctor and delivered by an approved pharmacy or picked up by county personnel.  Health items are allowed if approved for use by the County Nurse and they do not pose a threat to inmates or jail staff. 


Any item brought to the Detention Facility is subject to approval by the Sheriff, jail administrator or designee, prior to being admitted to the facility or given to an inmate.  Other items may be available from the commisary.  Inmate family can now put money on an inmate's books for the commissary.  The website is and you must create an account to put money on the inmate's books.