(217) 424-1321 Main Office, Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm
Holidays Closed  listed here
(217) 424-1319 Command, 24 Hrs
(217) 424-1341 Corrections, 24 Hrs
(217) 424-1371 Court Security, Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

(217) 424-6010 Command
(217) 424-1499 Corrections
Postal Address
(Click on address for map) 333 S. Franklin Street Decatur, IL 62523
Electronic mail
General Information:

The Office of Macon County Sheriff serves our community with a highly motivated, professional staff of individuals who strive to treat everyone with respect and courtesy.  We work to create a safe environment for Macon County residents and visitors by preserving the peace and enforcing the laws.  The men and women of the MCSO also volunteer their time and skills through community service to ensure that Macon County will be a better place to live for everyone. We are always working to do better for the people of Macon County - we welcome your feedback.

Revised on 12/4/2017
Sheriff Howard G. Buffett
I graduated from Pana High School, Pana, Illinois in 1984. I then enrolled at Western Illinois University, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement administration and a minor in political science/public administration. I am currently obtaining my Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University. I am a graduate of the Lincoln Land Police Training Academy, where I was our academy class treasurer in addition, I graduated from the FBI's National Academy Quantico,Virginia session #258.

I am married to the former Kelly Grotts. We were married in September of 1988 in Pana, Illinois. We have three children; Jonathan "Luke" of Lake Forest, Illinois, Taylor, of Springfield, Mo., and Madison, a freshman at Warrensburg-Latham HS. One daughter, Payton Michelle is deceased. Our family resides in Warrensburg, where I have been involved in coaching several school teams and youth league teams for several years. Lastly, I am an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a Western Illinois University Leathernecks fan, a Dallas Cowboys fan, and a St. Blues fan.
I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Macon County with integrity, hard work, honesty, dependability, and professionalism.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1829 with William Warnick serving as the first Sheriff.  Sheriff Warnick was a personal friend of young Abe Lincoln when the Lincoln family lived in the general area of Warnick's tavern.

Macon County elected the first African-American Sheriff in Illinois with the election of Roger E. Walker Jr. in 1998.  Today, our agency takes pride in the many services we provide the citizens and we are a pro-active force within the community.  Please explore our website so that you can learn more about one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.

It is a true privilege to serve the citizens of Macon County and the Macon County Sheriff's Office as their Administrative Lieutenant. My law enforcement and public safety service career began in August of 1989 as a patrol deputy. Since then, I have held a variety of positions including residential patrol deputy, juvenile investigations detective, patrol sergeant, court security supervisor, assistant jail administrator, patrol shift lieutenant, patrol division commander and chief of investigation.  I am also our office's internship coordinator, as well as overseeing our office's motorcycle unit. 

Lt. Jonathan L. Butts