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Former and long-time Park County Sheriff Bill Brewer passed away on Saturday, October 25 due to heart complications.  He was 76 years of age.  Bill served as Park County Sheriff from 1973 to 1986 and again from 1991 until his retirement in January 2003.  His four-decade long career in law enforcement started with the Powell Police Department in 1960, at a time when becoming a police officer meant taking an oath, being given a badge and a gun, and “on the job training” was all that was available.  
Sheriff Brewer worked for the Powell Police Department until 1964 when he made the decision to join the Wyoming Highway Patrol.  His first posting was in Cheyenne, which he admitted did not enjoy due to the constant wind.  In the fall of 1968, he was transferred to Thermopolis, a posting that he preferred much more than Cheyenne.
After repeated offers by then Sheriff Harley Kinkade to work for him as a deputy in Park County, Bill decided to accept a posting in Powell in April, 1969 as undersheriff.  After working as undersheriff for 3 ½ years, he decided to accept the challenge of sheriff.  On Christmas Eve, 1972, Sheriff Kinkade retired and asked the commissioners to appoint Bill from undersheriff to sheriff. At age 34, Bill became one of the youngest Wyoming sheriffs to date.
From 1973 until 1986 he served Park County as sheriff at which time he lost the primary to a friend and co-worker who was running against him.  Deputy Dan Hodge was on the ballot as an independent, and won the general election. Sheriff Brewer was forced to find another line of work after 25 years in law enforcement.  While waiting for the chance to run for re-election, he sold cars for a local dealership in Powell.  In 1991, voters returned Sheriff Brewer to office where he served another 12 years. Bill also served as a combat engineer with the Wyoming Army National Guard.
Sheriff Brewer is survived by his wife, Janet as well as 7 children and 14 grandchildren.  His family describes Bill as “a great man, wonderful father, and the best papa (grandfather) his grandchildren could ever ask for.”  Current Sheriff Scott Steward also commented, “Bill Brewer was well-respected within the community.  He was an outstanding citizen, dedicated public servant and wonderful friend, and he will truly be missed.”
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cody Cattle Company, 1910 Demaris Street on the west strip in Cody.  A law enforcement processional in Bill’s honor will form at Ballard’s Funeral home at 10:00 a.m. and proceed through the city to the Cody Cattle Company immediately prior to the service.  Citizens wishing to pay their respects are asked to do so during this processional.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Sheriff Brewer’s name through Pinnacle Bank in Cody.



Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414


Two Park County Sheriff’s Office detention deputies were promoted to sergeant in ceremonies held today at the Park County Law Enforcement Center. Sergeants Dave Nyreen and Joe Colegrove will begin their new duties as first line supervisors in the detention facility immediately.

Sergeant Nyreen has been with the sheriff’s office for over 8 years. He was born and raised in the Cody area and currently lives here with his wife Dena. They have three grown children: two daughters age 23 and 25 and a son age 17.

Originally from Michigan, Sergeant Colegrove has been with the sheriff’s office for 5 years. A former United States Marine, he currently serves in the Wyoming Army National Guard along in addition to his law enforcement duties. He has three children: two daughters age 9 and 7 and a son age 5.

  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


The Park County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing you the public with the information on how we are doing. Keeping the public informed is and always will be something that we strongly believe is important to both us and ultimately the members of the public. We strive to provide that information that is allowed by Wyoming State Statute and will provide performance reports as they become available. Check out our news page which has not only our media bulletin, but shows our patrol statistics by month. (Adobe Acrobat Viewer is required to read the files) Visit to download your free copy. We welcome any feedback from the public on how we are doing.

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