"As a proud Eastern Kentuckian, I recognize that our morals and way of life are precious"

meet your sheriff

Joe Engle


Joe Engle, a twenty-plus year veteran in Law Enforcement, was born, raised, and has lived his entire life in Hazard/Perry County. Joe is the son of Mary Estep Engle and Lloyd Engle of Lost Creek. He is married to Kirsten Buchanan Engle and has two sons, Caleb and Joshua, all of which he loves very much. Joe is the pastor of Blair Memorial Baptist Church; a small community church located in the Upper Lost Creek Community of Perry County.

tradition & service

Simply put, the office of the Sheriff belongs to the people of Perry County. In 2000, I was hired by the Hazard Police Department as a patrolman. I quickly advanced through the ranks and was appointed Deputy Chief of Police in 2006, the position I held until being elected by you. In my experience as deputy chief, I became very familiar with managing multi-million dollar annual budgets, leading men and women in law enforcement, and most importantly, considering the needs of our community in relation to law enforcement. For many years I have utilized community oriented policing as a guiding force while serving the citizens of Hazard and Perry County. I realize that it is you to whom I am ultimately responsible in answering to and, as your Sheriff, I will continue to take this responsibility serious and further give it the respect that such a relationship truly deserves. It is my privilege to serve you.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that... Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter... Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Rev, DR Martin Luther King Jr.

Divisions daily operations


Our Patrol Division handles all emergency calls for service within Perry County. Additionally, our Patrol Deputies may serve court processes, conduct prisoner transports, and other various duties as needed. We also employ School Resource Officers who are stationed within several local schools. These Deputies are held to the highest professional standards and Code of Ethics making the PCSO a trusted and reliable agency.


Our Investigations Division consists of Detectives who utilize specialized training in criminal forensics. These Detectives have completed training in areas ranging from clandestine grave identification and recovery, explosives investigation, computer crimes, narcotics investigation, accident reconstruction, to kinesiology interview techniques for use in both field and in-house interviews.

Court Security

Our Court Security Division consists of Officers who keep order in the courts, provide security services to the courts within the court facility or immediate area of the court facility, guard prisoners during court appearances, transport prisoners, arrest and take individuals into custody who are in the court facility or immediate area of the court facility, and serve warrants and other court papers on individuals physically present in the courtroom.


Perry County Sheriff's Office
481 Main Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 7309
Hazard, KY 41701


Mon-Fri: 0800AM - 0400PM


Office (606) 439-4523
Fax (606) 436-4970

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