For Immediate Release
January 2018



The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $53,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

Sheriff J. Derek Morgan , Wabash County, will be awarding one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

  • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
  • Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-2019 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2018 (must be postmarked by this date).

For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

 Follow the link below for the application packet. 



For 2018 the Wabash County Sheriff's Office will be starting a new Emergency Contact Informational System (ECIS) we will keep on hand here at the Sheriff's Office. Do you have a family member with Alzheimer's, experiencing dementia, or other Special Need?

Soon we will have our ECIS available on our website as well at the Office. This sheet will consist of normal contact information along with family contacts and the reason for the need. We will also ask for a picture of your loved one.

This will allow our responder to be informed as much as possible when trying locate your loved one in the event he/she wanders away from your home, or is found wandering without being reported.

This idea was developed after Deputy Kimmel and I responded to a residence in the county where a person with dementia wandered away from home. We knew the person's name but that was it. With our ECIS we will be able to send this information to deputies in the field in real time. MCPD has also advised they will participate. Deputy Kimmel and I did locate that missing person a short time after he was reported, safe with minor cuts.

I am excited to bring yet another helpful tool to our community and our police officers. This service will be available starting Jan. 3rd, 2018.


**All information obtained is confidential and will only be used for Law Enforcement purposes.

-Sheriff J. Derek Morgan 

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L to R: Deputy Art Kimmel, Sheriff Morgan, Randy Banks , Paula Banks & Maleigha Sanders

Yesterday prior to the parade I had the privilege of meeting Randy Banks & his wife Paula.

Randy won the Chamber's prize for the best Christmas lights at his residence. Paula & Randy donated their chamber winnings along with $100, for a total of $125 for shop with a cop & fireman.

Thanks for giving back Randy & Paula.

Contact Information

Wabash County Sheriff's Office
120 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-2706
Wabash County Jail
110 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5531