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Madison County Sheriff's Office

Serving the Citizens of Madison County, Since 1836.
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Sheriff John A. Phillips

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Sheriff John Phillips served as Sheriff from 1 January 1927 to 22 December 1932, and was the first law enforcement officer on record to be killed in the line of duty. When he died instantly from a shotgun wound to the chest, which was fired by Jason L. Matlock. Phillips was attempting to arrest Matlock on charges of assault, with intent to kill, when Matlock shot him..

Sheriff Phillips was born in Washington County, Arkansas, April 1, 1856, but had resided in Madison County most of his life; was marred to Margaret Long in 1892, and is survived by his wife and three daughters,

Deputy Sheriff Carl Richard Goodman Jr.


Deputy Goodman appointed Deputy Sheriff 12 August 1977 and died in the line of duty in Madison County, Arkansas on 22 August 1981, in an automobile accident, when his patrol car was struck head-on while he responded to an officer needs assistance call.

Deputy Goodman born 19 Feruary 1947, in Doniphan, Missouri., the son of: Carl R. and Daisy F. Goodman. He was married twice, (1) He married Babette Allen with who he had a daughter, Barbara Fay Goodman (2) He married Candice Clark with who he had his second daughter Amanda Sue Goodman. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters; Lova Busch of Kansas, Linda Ellenbarger of Kansas, 2 brothers; Clarence Goodman of Kansas, and Daniel Goodman of Arkansas.

Deputy Goodman was a U.S. Army veteran, served with the 101 airborne division in Vietnam, and was given a purple heart for injuries sustained in the "D" zone.

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth James Wilkins


Deputy Wilkins was born 17 February 1953, Appointed Deputy Sheriff on 3 March 1985, and died in the line of duty on 2 October 1992, in an automobile accident while working on a drug task force.

Sheriff Ralph Francis Baker


Sheriff Ralph Baker was born 1 September 1938, elected as Sheriff 3 January 1973, and drowned 5 January 1998 when his cruiser was washed into a flooded river while he was searching for a stolen vehicle. He was attempting to cross a low water bridge which was covered with water. After the cruiser was washed into the creek it flipped over trapping him inside. When he was found, he was still wearing his seatbelt.

Sheriff Baker had been employed with the Madison County Sheriff's Department for 27 years, 25 of which as the sheriff.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Carl "Moose" Morgan


Deputy Jimmie Carl "Moose" Morgan was born September 10, 1949 at Ozark, Arkansas, and Died October 3, 2002 at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. He was the son of John Harvey and Katherine Virginia Hill Morgan. He served as a reserve Deputy for a number of years, under three Sheriffs. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the United States Army. Pall bearers were Ira Stockton, Joey Smith, Charlie Hudgens, Kenny Haught, Buddy Gabard, Jamie Patrick, Matt Patrick and Loy VanBrunt. Honorary Pall bearers were Dearl Masterson, Charles Ball, Ronnie Springston, Kenneth Baker, and Lloyd Wheeler. Military Honors were by the United States Army.

His Badge number MC66 was retired in the ranks of the Madison County Sheriff Office, until his son John Tyler Morgan became a reserve Deputy and was assigned to him.

Deputy Sheriff Harold Wayne Martin


Deputy Wayne Martin was born on 10 January 1935, and was sworn in as a Reserve Deputy under the Ralph Baker administration and continued to serve for more than 25 years until he lost his life to cancer on 29 September 2010.

Wayne had been out on patrol as recent as 45 days prior to his death.

His Badge number MC69 has been retired in the ranks of the Madison County Sheriff Office.

K-9 Deputy Lina


Lina served and supported law enforcement functions to Madison County Sheriff Office for over two year. End of Watch 9 September 2016.

Gone but never forgotten