Sheriff Murphy

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“I am proud to be the Sheriff of Allen County and the leader of so many fine employees and volunteers who make up the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. We provide many services to the citizens and visitors of our fine county. This web site is designed to provide citizens a way to find out about our employees, classes available, and services we provide. I invite you to provide feedback.”

Thank you!
Sheriff Bryan J. Murphy


In 1992, Sheriff Bryan Murphy began to pursue his passion of law enforcement, following a career as a member of the United States Armed Services. Since becoming a law enforcement officer, Sheriff Murphy has dedicated much of the last 20 years to serving the citizens of Allen County. Prior to winning the 2012 Allen County Sheriff Election, Murphy served as the Undersheriff in two different Sheriff’s administrations here in Allen County. He was promoted to Jail Administrator in 1995 and then promoted again to Undersheriff for Sheriff Ron Moore from 1999-2000.  He was again promoted to Undersheriff for Sheriff Tom Williams from 2009-2012.

Prior to becoming Sheriff, Bryan Murphy was known for his aggressive drug enforcement. While he maintains his desire to rid the county of illicit drug users and abusers, Sheriff Murphy has altered his perspective. As a Deputy or the Undersheriff, his focus was on attacking the drug problem head on by thorough investigations, including surveillance, search warrants, and arrests. As the Sheriff he now utilizes the Office to educate and influence both the public and legislators on various initiatives to reduce the number of lives impacted by drugs.

Sheriff Murphy continues to be involved as a sitting member of the executive board of the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force. Sheriff Murphy is the Chair of the Allen County Substance Abuse Task Force, a subsidiary of the Allen County Multi Agency Team.  He was instrumental in assisting the Allen County Multi Agency Team in securing a substantial grant from the White House’s Drug Free Communities program, only the third grant to be received by a community in the State of Kansas.  Additionally, Sheriff Murphy was able to make arrangements for the installation of a medicine disposal box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, to give citizens an option for safe disposal of prescription medicines.  This is beneficial as it is another way to prevent youth from gaining access to, and potentially abusing, these pharmaceuticals.

As Sheriff, Murphy has strengthened his leadership skills.  Sheriff Murphy provides leadership to his deputies to conduct their investigations while he focuses on providing the tools necessary to obtain convictions. Another area of tremendous leadership was his foresight in bringing the ALICE concept to Allen County. Sheriff Murphy has initiated the implementation ALICE (instruction on response to active killers) not only in schools but is also providing it to the community.  Additionally, his agency continues to offer classes on Concealed Carry to allow for the safe and legal carrying of concealed firearms in accordance with state statutes. This leadership displays his passion and commitment to educating the citizens on issues of safety and security.

Contact Information:
Sheriff Bryan Murphy
Allen County Sheriff’s Office
1 N. Washington
Iola, KS 66749
Phone: 620.365.1400