Park County Sheriff – Welcome

Welcome to the Park County Sheriff’s Office website. As you browse the site, we hope you find it informative and useful

Please feel free to contact me with concerns, questions or suggestions on how we may better serve you.

Sheriff Scott A. Steward

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office is now hiring for a part-time cook. The position includes twenty hours a weekend with occasional hours during the work week and includes a part-time county benefit package. Starting pay is $11.92/hr. Applications can be picked up at the Park County Sheriff’s Office or obtained online by clicking the “Careers” tab at the top of this page and then the “Application” link at the bottom of that page. Return your application with “Cook” written on the top to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, 1402 River View Drive, Cody, WY 82414 or fax to 307-527-8719 by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019.


For a concealed firearm permit, click here.


The tourist season has arrived in Park County, and Sheriff Scott Steward reminds residents that, with the influx of visitors to the region, driving behaviors will begin to vary greatly. Residents should use extra caution during the peak summer months as driving behaviors may become irregular.

“Ours is one of the most beautiful areas in the country,” said Sheriff Steward. “The scenery and wildlife that we as residents many times take for granted, may be a once-in-a-lifetime event for our visitors. And while we welcome each and every visitor to our wonderful community, we need to be prepared for the unpredictable nature of their driving when navigating the highways of Park County especially those in and out of the greater Yellowstone area.”

Besides being especially vigilant, there are certain additional steps motorists can do to increase their safety on the roadways:

  1. Drive with increased awareness when traveling in known tourist areas or around vehicles with out-of-state license plates. Tourists are liable to stop, slow, or swerve at any time and drivers should be especially prepared for these actions.
  2. Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas due to the unpredictable nature of the animals.
  3. Slow down and increase the following distance between you and other cars. When traveling at a higher rate of speed, your ability to take evasive action is greatly reduced and the force of impact in the event of a collision, is increased. Reducing your speed will also increase your response time to avoid a possible collision.
  4. Practice active driving. Distracted driving, such as driving while talking on your cell phone, text messaging, which is illegal in Wyoming or chatting with passengers is even more dangerous at this time of the year.
  5. Be especially mindful of motorcycle traffic. Park County attracts literally thousands of motorcycles each year and they are the smallest vehicles on the road. Unfortunately they provide virtually no protection in a crash. Be especially cautious when pulling out in front of a motorcycle. The speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle may be difficult to judge. When in doubt, wait for the motorcycle to pass before pulling into oncoming traffic.
  6. As always, make sure you and your passengers obey Wyoming statutes by wearing seatbelts.

“Above all, be patient,” concluded Steward. “Understand the behaviors and attitudes of our visitors as they take in the wonders of Park County.” For additional information on safe driving tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at




On Friday, July 27, 2019, Park County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Chad McKinney officially retired from service. Sgt. McKinney began his service with Park County in 2006 as a detention deputy and transferred to road duty six months later. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012 when he assumed supervisory duty over the Cody District deputies. Prior to his employment with the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Chad served with the Cody Police Department as well as the Yakima Washington Police Department. Chad and his family will be moving to the Oregon coast where he plans on working in the charter fishing business. We thank Sgt. McKinney for his service to the citizens of Park County and wish him well in his future endeavors.​

Then on Friday, August 2, 2019, Deputy Jackson James (J.J.) Schwindt officially retired. J.J. joined the Park County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy in 1999. He was transferred to the patrol division in 2003. J.J. plans to continue working at a local retailer where he will manage firearms sales. We thank Deputy Schwindt for his service to the citizens of Park County and wish him well in his new career.