Sheriff Jeff Cope grew up in a rural farming community in Butler County. Hard work and dedication were values that were instilled in him being raised on a farm and ranch.
Sheriff Cope started his Law Enforcement Career in 1990 with the Emporia Police Department. He attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Sheriff Cope served as a Patrolman, Special Response Team Member, Designated Infectious Disease Officer, and a Field Training Officer.
In 1996 he was awarded the Silver Award for Police Service from the Kansas Association of Police for Life Saving. In 1998 he received the Kansas Jaycees Outstanding Young Public Protector Award.
Sheriff Cope joined the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Courthouse Security. In 2004 Sheriff Cope was promoted to Court Security Supervisor.
December 1, 2010 Sheriff Cope was appointed by the Republican Party to fulfill the remaining term of retired Sheriff Gary Eichorn.
Sheriff Cope has participated in many civic groups and projects in the Emporia area with his family such as Jaycees, Kansas Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Optimists, Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk, Girl Scouts, Law Enforcement Torch Run and church.
Sheriff Cope and his wife Karen have three daughters and three grandsons.