Perry County Sheriff's Office

Serving Perry County Towns of Pinckneyville, DuQuoin, Cutler, Willisville, Tamaroa


Sheriff Steve E. Bareis- Professional Biography

Sheriff Bareis, was born in Dodge City, Kansas.  He has been in law enforcement since 1996.  He graduated second in his class from the Jefferson College Police Training Institute in Hillsboro, Missouri, in 1998.  Prior to coming to Perry County he served as a reserve officer for the City of St. Clair Missouri and chaplain for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop C in Kirkwood, Missouri.

He started at the Perry County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in 2001.  He was elected as Perry County Sheriff in November, 2014.  As an employee of the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Bareis has served as a School Resource Officer in the Public schools of Perry County.  He believes in being proactive in a prevention program that endeavors to make a difference in students’ lives.  He was instrumental in forming the Perry County Youth Court Program which has been in existence since 2007.  This program diverts first time juvenile offenders out of Juvenile Court.  This program has given numerous young people a chance to learn from past mistakes without maintaining a criminal record.

Sheriff Bareis has served as co-leader of the County’s Special Response Team which is a part of the Perry County Drug Taskforce.  He has trained and donated two narcotic detection canines to the county and is serving as Canine handler for the county.  The K9 program has lead to numerous drug interdictions, arrests and convictions.

Sheriff Bareis holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree and a Master’s degree.  In 2008, Bareis received a direct commission into the United States Army as First Lieutenant.  Sheriff Bareis presently serves in the Illinois Army National Guard.  He is assigned to the 2-130 Infantry (Headquarters) Battalion Marion, Illinois.  He serves as a Battalion Staff Officer and the Battalion Chaplain.

As Sheriff, he believes in living by moral code of Justice.  He desires to take a stand for what is right and fair to the citizens of Perry County.  He says, “I am committed to serving our community with integrity, moving forward for our future by establishing proactive police practices that enhances our safety while providing excellent service to our community.

You can contact Sheriff Bareis at the Perry County Sheriff’s Office at 618-357-5212 or email [email protected]

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