Kathy H. Witt


Sheriff Kathy H. Witt

150 N. Limestone, Suite 265
Lexington, KY 40507
TEL: 859-252-1771
FAX: 859-259-0973
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A Message From the Sheriff

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff is committed to serving our community with honor, courage, and integrity, while enhancing the quality of life in our community. I am proud to lead our uniformed deputies and dedicated civilian personnel as they work every day to provide professional service to the citizens of Lexington.

We are committed to be responsive to the unique needs of our community. By collaborating with other partner agencies we work together to meet the needs of our community. Through building dynamic partnerships with these other agencies, the Office of Sheriff promotes public safety and embodies the cooperative spirit that makes this community great.

The Office of Sheriff has established many programs to help the citizens of Fayette County. Initiatives like Amanda's Center, the Domestic Violence and Victim Services Division, The Sex Offender Compliance Unit, and the Fugitive and Extradition Division are just a few of the services we provide to strengthen our public safety response to our community. A community is stronger when its citizens are informed and involved, and the Office of Sheriff needs civilian engagement with its law enforcement efforts. New ideas and suggestions from citizens are vital to improving our service. I invite you to send us your thoughts and comments about the services we provide as we continue making the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff the best it can be for the citizens of Lexington.

This website was designed to provide you with the information and resources you need from our office, from paying your property taxes to learning more about our community programs. It is my hope that through this website, you will gain an insight into the many ways our honorable deputies and staff work to serve you and our community.

-- Sincerely,
Kathy H. Witt


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Quick Links

Most Wanted

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff launched a partnership in 2011 with the Lexington Herald-Leader's online site Kentucky.com to further our efforts in locating fugitives from Fayette County. Lexington's Most Wanted is a project focused on highlighting suspects who are evading the law. A weekly lineup of 15 Most Wanted fugitives are posted on Kentucky.com every Wednesday morning. This partnership has generated a vast response from members of the community, which has resulted in the apprehension of many WANTED fugitives. Please visit Kentucky.com every Wednesday to view the weekly listing of Lexington's Most Wanted.

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Sex Offender Compliance Unit

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff's Sex Offender Compliance Unit verifies registered addresses of convicted sex offenders who live within Fayette County. This unit also notifies citizens living in the neighborhood in which the convicted offender moves into.

Please visit the Sex Offender Compliance Unit page for more information.

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Amanda's Center for Local Resources

Amanda's Center for Local Resources was opened in October 2012. It was named for Amanda C. L. Ross whose life was tragically cut short by an act of domestic violence. Amanda was a tireless crusader for victims' rights and wanted nothing more than to use her life to help other victims in their time of need. In this spirit, Amanda's family and friends have partnered with the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff to create a place that will act as both safe place and a guide to those dealing with domestic trauma.

For more information, please see the full page on our victim services:

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Property Tax

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff serves as the primary collector of current-year ad valorem taxes on real and tangible properties within Fayette County. Each year, the Office of Sheriff collects over 110,000 property tax bills worth nearly $260 million on behalf of our county's eight taxing jurisdictions. The Sheriff is responsible for the distribution of these collected taxes to the appropriate taxing authorities and all associated accounting.

You may reach our Property Tax Division at (859) 252-1771 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM weekdays (until 6:00 PM during the month of October) or by email at fayettesheriff@fayettesheriff.com. For more information please see our Property Tax FAQ:

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MedReturn at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff

Dispose of unwanted medicines in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit is now located at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff:

150 N. Limestone, Suite 236
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

You can use this Unit to safely dispose of prescription medications, patches, vitamins, and prescription medications for pets. Liquid medications cannot be disposed of in the MedReturn Drug Collection Unit.

If you are unable to bring your unwanted medications to the Office of Sheriff, call us at (859) 252-1771 to schedule a time for a deputy to pick up your medications at your home.

MedReturn is made possible by the Lexington Division of Police, the Lexington Department of Environmental Quality, the Fayette County Sheriff'™s Office, Kentucky American Water, the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy, Bluegrass Greensource and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with other community partners.

Winter Care Program

Winter Care Program at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff

The Winter Care Program was implemented after the ice storm in early 2003 as a response to the Lexington community's needs during severe weather events. Through the program the Office of Sheriff checks on residents whose family members are unable to reach them, or whose neighbors are concerned about them. Blankets and coats are available for those who need them, as well as delivery of medications for those who cannot leave their homes due to the weather.

If you need assistance, please call the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff at (859)252-1771.

Project Lifeline

The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff collects donated cell phones and chargers in order to redistribute them at no charge to elderly, victimized, and disabled citizens. The cellular telephones that are collected may not be "in service;" however, the 911 emergency dialing functions remain operable. This important service is a lifeline for seniors, victims, and disabled citizens who cannot afford a regular cell phone plan on their own. With one of the 911 cell phones from Project Lifeline in their possession, these citizens are able to dial 911 in an emergency situation at any time.

Donating Cell Phones

The Office of Sheriff collects used cell phones year round. When donating cell phones, the phone must be accompanied with a charger in order for the phone to operate. If you would like to donate one or more cellular telephones to this program, please contact the Domestic Violence Intake Center at 859-252-1771. Also, you may drop off cell phones with chargers at:

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Victim Services Division
District Court House, Fourth Floor
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507

How to Get a Project Lifeline Cell Phone

If you are in need of a 911 emergency cell phone and charger, please contact the Domestic Violence Intake Center at 859-252-1771. There is no fee to obtain a 911 emergency cell phone. There is no operating fee to maintain in order to be able to dial 911 on the cell phone. You can obtain a Project Lifeline 911 emergency cell phone at:

Office of the Fayette County Sheriff
Victim Services Division
District Court House, Fourth Floor
150 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507