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Jefferson Co closes for virus threat

The Jefferson County, KS Courthouse/Credit: Facebook

Jefferson County Internal Changes due to COVID-19

The Jefferson County Commissioners encourage citizens to conduct necessary business by phone or by electronic means.

Effective today, March 19, 2020, Jefferson County will be limiting public access to Jefferson County departments and offices to take preventative measures designed to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus illness. We are making arrangements to adjust services to be in the best interest of the employees and citizens of Jefferson County and following the interim guidance as provided by KDHE and the CDC. Information on the changes of services will be posted to the Jefferson County website and Jefferson County Facebook page as they become available.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Please follow the Jefferson County Health Department for official updates regarding COVID-19.

Jefferson County Courthouse and other County buildings as noted below.

All exterior doors of the Jefferson County Courthouse and various other offices will be locked and citizens should call to make appointments with the offices needed.


If you have any symptoms similar to the flu, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not enter or make an appointment until symptoms have subsided and you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.


Treasurer’s Office: 785-403-0000 Option 2

Driver’s License renewals will not be processed at this time.

No renewals (stickers) will be completed in person. Please renew online (http://ikan.ks.gov); by mail (mail to PO Box 458, Oskaloosa, KS 66066); or using the courthouse drop box (in front of the courthouse). You can reprint your vehicle registration notice online under Treasurer on our website www.jfcountyks.com (Treasurer’s page) This includes the pin number needed for online renewals or the amounts for mailing registrations in. You may mail or drop off your renewals to our office at 300 Jefferson St., Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Please include a current contact number as well as insurance information (we will return it with your renewal). Or you may have your insurance faxed to our office (fax: 785-403-0748).

For completion of title work on a vehicle purchase, please call the office at 785-403-0000 Option 2 for an appointment. We will coordinate with you to make accommodations to complete the title work. Please call regarding refunds on sold/disposed vehicles.

Please follow the link on our website to pay current real estate, property and truck taxes. You may also mail your payment in or drop it off in the box in front of the courthouse.

Please call the office at 785-403-0000 Option 2 with questions between 8:00 am and 4:30 p.m. Or email [email protected] We appreciate your patience in keeping all of our community members safe.

  • Clerk’s Office: 785-403-0000 Option 6

  • Voter registrations can be completed online at https://www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/voterreg/default.aspx

  • Fish and game licenses are available online at http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/ If you would rather have a printed copy, please call the Clerk’s Office to request assistance.

If you need assistance, please call the office at 785-403-0000 Option 6 or email [email protected]

If you wish to file for office, please call for an appointment. 785-403-0000 Option 6

  • Register of Deeds Office: 785-403-0000 Option 5

--If you have documents to be dropped off for processing please put documents in the drop box at the south entrance of the courthouse and call the office to notify them of the drop off.

--Record searches may be completed by utilizing the online services of TAPESTRY or LAREDO through our provider. Contact office for details. --Please call the office or email the office for all inquiries not listed: [email protected] or [email protected]

--Researchers will be admitted by appointment only and must be symptom and fever free. Register of Deeds reserves the right to limit the number of researchers and visitors to the office at any time.

--All persons who enter the office will be required to log in and provide a telephone number should there be a need to be contacted by said office or other officials.

--Current office operations may be updated or amended without notice.

  • Record searches may be completed online. Please call the office or visit the Jefferson County Register of Deeds website at www.jfcountyks.com for more information.

  • County Attorney’s Office: 785-863-2251

  • Please email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.

GIS/IT Building: 785-403-0771

Please call for an appointment or email [email protected].

The building will be closed to the public

Planning and Zoning Office (Community Development)

All Building Permits and other applications can be found online at https://www.jfcountyks.com/291/Planning-Zoning

Please print and physically mail the original of your application to: 

Jefferson County Planning and Zoning
P.O. Box 628
Oskaloosa, KS 66066

If possible, please scan and email all applications for review to: [email protected] or [email protected] prior to mailing them in. 

If you are unable to print the application, please contact our office and we will mail you the application you need. 

If you are a small business, and would like to inquire about getting more information on the SBA emergency funding programs, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

If you require any other information regarding building permits, land division, or scheduled public hearings, please contact our office by any of the above offered methods. 

  • Appraiser’s Office: 785-403-0000 Option 4

  • Please call to make an appointment.

Appeal Hearings – If you are scheduled or need to schedule an appeal hearing, please contact Janet Allen, County Appraiser for an appointment at [email protected] or Dotti Harrison, Deputy Appraiser at [email protected]

If you have Personal Property questions you can email Julie Sargent at [email protected]

  • District Court: 785-863-2461

Please call with any questions, you will be directed on how to proceed.  The Court is only handling emergency situations.

If you need to pay fines or fees – please call in advance to find out the amount you owe. People that want to pay can either pay online at www.citepayusa.com or mail in a check or money order to P.O. Box 327, Oskaloosa KS 66066.

 If you have a court appearance, please call for a new date.  If you are represented by an attorney, please call them.

 If you have documents that need to be filed, attorneys need to use the e-filing website. Pro-se people can mail in documents for all non-emergency filings.

If you need to file for a protection from stalking or abuse please call 785-863-5158 for direction.

Road & Bridge:

This office is closed to visitors please call 785-403-0279 Ext. 1 to make an appointment

Auxiliary Services:

This office is closed to visitors please call 785-403-0279 Ext. 3 to make an appointment

Household Hazardous Waste collection has been suspended until further notice.

Noxious Weed Sales:

If you are coming to pick up Noxious Weed Chemicals

Please call 785-403-0279 Ext. 3

Arrangements will be made so chemicals can be placed outside for you

Emergency Management and EMS:

The Emergency Management and EMS facilities (EMS Station 1-Oskaloosa and 2-Meriden will be closed to the public.

  •  If you have EMS billing questions please call or email Denise Locklin, EMS Office Manager o Email: [email protected] 785-403-0166

If you have a medical emergency please call 9-1-1

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: 785-863-2765 (admin office)

Jail Visitation:

Jail visitation has been suspended.   All non-essential employees, including, volunteers will not be allowed into the jail at this time.  Attorney visits will continue as normal.  This action will remain in effect until March 31, 2020 and will then be re-evaluated.

Business hours: 

The lobby of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will remain open during normal business hours.  Prior to coming into the Sheriff's Office, it is encouraged for patrons to call and inquire if their request can be handled over the phone.   We encourage the public to evaluate their reason for the visit to the Sheriff's Office and determine if it is necessary or if it is something that can be handled at a later date.

Patrons requiring entrance into the Sheriff's Office will complete a Health Screen prior to entrance.

Responding to Calls:

We will respond to calls as normal.   Again, I encourage patrons to call the Sheriff's office prior to coming in and inquire if their request can be handled by phone.

The safety of the citizens of Jefferson County, my staff, and the inmates in my jail are of the upmost importance.   I'm in hope things will all go back to normal in time.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.   Use good judgment and be safe.

Sheriff Jeffrey L. Herrig


Jefferson County Commissioners-

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause the citizens of Jefferson County, however, the health and safety of our employees and citizen is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation in this ongoing situation. We will re evaluate this action on April 2, 2020.

Jefferson County Government would like to urge and encourage businesses and citizens to take active steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Take simple steps to prevent the spread of diseases by COVID-19 by: Washing your hands; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering your coughs and sneezes; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; stay home when sick. Stay up to date with COVID-19 information by visiting: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.


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