Platte County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff’s Office covers Platte County (pop. 8,619), an area of 2,008 square
Platte County, located in southeast Wyoming near the rugged Laramie Peak Range,
is just a short drive away from Cheyenne or Casper and offers abundant opportunities
for winter and summer activities. Numerous outdoor activities including camping,
boating, golf, swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, and hiking may be enjoyed seasonally
throughout the year . The area is recognized for premiere big game hunting and abundant
fishing, particularly in the quality waters of the North Platte River. The historic
Oregon Trail, Register Cliff, Laramie Peak, Guernsey State Park, Glendo State Park,
and Gray Rocks reservoir, are a few of the popular attractions in the area.
Platte County encompasses the towns of Chugwater, Glendo, Guernsey, Hartville, and
the county seat, Wheatland. The county is home to approximately 8600 residents according
to 2005 Census. Farms and ranches are still often worked by descendents of early
immigrants. The communities have withstood the test of time: the ability to change
and yet retain the character, vitality, and hope for the future that existed at
their founding over 120 years ago.
The city of Wheatland owes its founding to irrigation and the railroad. As the railroad
pushed northward, it's route constantly changed. Originally the town was to be called
Sybille Colony after nearby Sybille Creek. It was also once referred to as "Wheatfield"
when the town site was located near Rock Lake. The location of present-day Wheatland
was finalized in 1887 and marked by a one room frame building.
Steve Keigley, Platte County Sheriff has been in office since 1999 and was recently
elected to his third term. Sheriff Keigley lives in Guernsey with his wife Jo Ellen.
He has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement with Natrona County Sheriff's
Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Sheriff Keigley was instrumental in building
the Platte County Detention Center, which can house up to 88 inmates.
By providing committed leadership and teamwork, the quality of all services provided
to the people of Platte County are maintained at the highest possible level.