Niobrara County, Wyoming has two full-time Patrol Deputies, the Under-sheriff and Sheriff make up
the patrol division. They are all charged with the patrol and law enforcement of
2,628 square miles of Niobrara County, Wyoming. The entire
county populations is around 3,000 people.
Through our county runs 60 miles of US 85, also known as the CanAm Highway, many people travel this route between Denver, Colorado and Rapid City, South Dakota. Our deputies are out there working along side the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
All Sworn Patrol Deputies can be contacted by eMail:
Crime in Progress call: 9-1-1
Non Emergency phone number: 307.334.2240
About our Deputies:
Sheriff - Rick Zerbe, badge number, 14-1
He started in Law enforcement in the 1980's as a Lusk Police Officer. By the late 1980's he was a deputy sheriff and then under-sheriff to prior Sheriff's.
In 2002, he was appointed Sheriff and later elected to the office by a general election vote.
The Sheriff is charged with overseeing operations, investigations, and budget control for patrol, detention and communications.
Zerbe is a Wyoming Post Certified Peace Officer with full authority.
Under-sheriff - Cary Gill, badge number, 14-2
Started his career in law enforcement in early 1980's in South Dakota. In the 1990's, he came to Lusk, Wyoming and worked as the Lusk Chief of Police from 1995 to 2007. In 2008 he came to the Niobrara County Sheriff's Office.
In the Sheriff's absents, the under-sheriff is charged with the duties of the elected Sheriff.
Gill is a Wyoming Post Certified Peace Officer with full authority.
Deputy-sheriff - Kelly Dean, badge number, 14-3
Started his career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in 1994. He had been jail, detention sergeant, a Wyoming corrections officer with the Wyoming Department of Corrections and seen duty as a dispatcher with other Wyoming Law Enforcement agencies.
Dean is our county Registry Sex Offender contact point for sex offenders in the county.
Dean is a Wyoming Post Certified Peace Officer with full authority.
Deputy-sheriff - Wendi Dutcher, badge number, 14-4
Started her career working with the Niobrara County Sheriff's Office in the early 1990's as a Dispatcher, Detention Deputy Sheriff. She has worked for other Wyoming agencies in Lusk, Cody and Douglas Wyoming. In 2012 she returned to Niobrara County as a Patrol Deputy Sheriff.
She is our highway safety grant person. She works to gain granst for special enforcement functions and equipment.
Dutcher is a Wyoming Post Certified Peace Officer with full authority.