Sheriff John Cottle has a 31-year law enforcement career to include Military Police, Military Police Investigator, the Missouri Water Patrol, D.E.A. Task Force Agent, K-9 Officer and International Police Advisor for the Iraqi Police within the Dhi Qar and Muthanna Provinces. Sheriff Cottle has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since 2001 and was elected to Sheriff in 2013.   In 2002, he created the first narcotics unit in Lincoln County accounting for hundreds of methamphetamine arrest, which equaled that of Franklin County (once touted the meth capital of the United States).

After becoming Sheriff in 2013, he created the “Pass It On” program to promote generosity and giving back to the community in Lincoln County. Rather than writing tickets for minor violations, we suggest drivers donate to a food pantry or other good gesture toward one another.  The program has spread as far as South Carolina and St Louis County Police have adopted this program.

Sheriff Cottle holds multiple professional certifications in narcotics, clandestine laboratories, homicides, special investigations and in Police Administration. He is a U.S. Army veteran and works with the Veterans Administration in hiring vets separating from U.S. service.