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Garfield County, Oklahoma

Meet The Sheriff

Bill is a third generation Winchester in Garfield County. He graduated from Waukomis High School and has been married twenty-eight years to his high school sweetheart, Peggy. They have two children, son Ron of Bison and daughter, Jill of Enid. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force with the security police, receiving an honorable discharge. Bill began his civilian law enforcement career with the Waukomis Police Department, graduating from the Oklahoma Basis Police Academy in 1987, fifth in his class, with merit awards for excellence and proficiency. During his time with the Waukomis Police Department, he served as assistant chief and was implemental in developing the reserve officer program. Bill joined the Garfield County Sheriffs Department, serving as a field deputy, training officer, criminal investigator, and jail administrator. He was promoted to Undersheriff in 1994 and serve in that capacity until his appointment as Sheriff in January 1999.

  Throughout his career, education and training have been a priority. Sheriff Winchester has well over 900 hours of state training, including homicide investigations, various law enforcement management courses, narcotic investigations and a multitude of various related courses. That priority continues on today, with all officers receiving more than the required state training. Sheriff Winchester is a state certified police instructor and instructions in various classes. He serves on the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association board and helped set up the training classes for new sheriffs. Bill has worked a variety of investigations, including a double homicide, burglaries, thefts and has been commendated by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation for meritorious service in a gambling investigation.

Sheriff Winchester is committed to a proactive approach to investigations and prevention of crime in Garfield County. The Sheriffs Department is an active partner in the Western Narcotic Task Force, committed to narcotic interdiction and investigation. High visibility patrols, working with area law enforcement agencies, along informing and educating the public have contributed to a reduction in crimes. Making Garfield County a safer community to live in has always been a major priority. Bill implemented the D.A.R.E program into rural Garfield County school systems, along with assisting schools with a written policy dealing with emergency planning of natural and man made incidents. A community room at the Oakwood Mall, helps with the fingerprinting of children, and giving safety and prevention information to the public.

Command Staff

Sheriff Department Personal

K-9 Division

Reserve Deputy's

Corrections Department

Task Force  

Smart Team


Contracted Law Enforcement