Sheriff Scott A. Steward
In October 2005, Scott Steward took over as the Sheriff of Park County. He served under the appointment of the Park County Commissioners to fill the remainder of the term of the previous Sheriff who resigned his term early. He then ran successfully for the office of Sheriff where he continues to serve the citizens of Park County. Sheriff Steward, a 20+ year veteran of the sheriff’s office, has worked his way up through the ranks, beginning his career in dispatch in 1991, as a detention officer in the jail and a patrol officer, making lieutenant in 2001. In 2003, Steward became the Under Sheriff. Born and raised in Park County, Sheriff Steward is continuing a long line of family members dedicated to providing quality service to the people of Park County. Sheriff Steward makes his home in the Cody area, and he understands the different needs of diverse communities in the county.
Under Sheriff Thomas Ehlers Jr.
Undersheriff Ehlers began his law enforcement career in 1979 by enlisting as a military policeman in the Nebraska Army National Guard, serving through 1986. In 1981, he became a police officer with the Lincoln Nebraska Police Department where he served as a patrol officer with time spent as a field training officer and narcotics investigator until leaving and moving to Cody in 1992. While serving with the Lincoln Police Department, he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1985. After moving to Cody, he worked seasonally for the United States Forest Service as a compliance officer until in 1993 when he was hired by the Park County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy. In 1994 he was transferred to the patrol division where, in 2003 he was promoted to patrol sergeant and in 2005 to Undersheriff.
Lieutenant Joe Torczon, Detention Administrator
Lieutenant Torczon is charged with overseeing the106-bed Park County Detention Center which is a short term, detention facility designed to hold both adults and juveniles. It is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week operation, tasked with the safe keeping of those placed in its custody. The detention facility is staffed with 4 sergeants, 22 deputies and five civilian staff. Lt. Torczon was appointed Detention Administrator in June of 2016. He joined the Park County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a detention deputy, eventually attaining the rank of sergeant in 2007. In 2011, he was transferred to the patrol division and then in 2013, appointed the department’s lone detective.
Communications Supervisor Monte McClain
Monte began his law enforcement career with the Park County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2000 when he was employed as a Detention Deputy. In January of 2001 he was transferred to the Communications division where he assisted with the installation and training for the new Computerized Records software. In January of 2008, he was appointed to the position of Communications Supervisor where he currently coordinates the Law Enforcement Communications technologies such as 911 databases, mapping, Computer Aided Dispatch and Reporting Software (CAD) and Cellular 911 upgrades for emergency services. He holds an associates degree in Communications and has 28+ years of experience in Emergency Medical Services. He also provides education and presentations to local organizations on how emergency services respond in times of need.
Public Affairs Officer/Search & Rescue Coordinator Lance Mathess
Officer Lance Mathess serves as department spokesperson, media relations specialist and Search & Rescue Coordinator. He joined the Park County Sheriff’ Office in January of 2011 as a Communications Officer in the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. Prior to joining the department, he served over 30 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol retiring in 2009 after attaining the rank of Staff Lieutenant. During the later part of his career with the Patrol, he served in upper management at their General Headquarters facility in the Strategic Services Section. His experience includes working closely with the Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit while performing a wide variety of administrative and managerial duties. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration both from Kent State University.