Randolph County Sheriff
372 Highway JJ
Huntsville, MO 65259
Office Hours: Weekdays– 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone # 660-277-5095 or 660-277-5822
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Nichols is a life-long resident of Randolph County. Mark was born in 1964 to Oliver B. and Mary E. Nichols. In 1969, Mark and his parents moved to rural Higbee. After Mark graduated from Higbee High School he attended and graduated from Moberly Area Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Education.
Mark has two daughters, Logan Elizabeth and Alaina Marie. Mark and his daughters are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Moberly. Mark enjoys following his daughters in their extra-curricular activities.
In April of 1986, at age 21, Mark was hired by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff and was assigned to the patrol division. In July 1986, Mark graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia Law Enforcement Training Institute at which time he received his law enforcement certification. Since that time, Mark has received over 2000 hours of continued education in the law enforcement and corrections field. Mark is training oriented and encourages his staff to attend training, especially in specialized areas, insuring that they remain current on the most up to date investigative techniques and laws.
In May of 1990, Mark was hired as a Correctional Officer I with the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Moberly Correctional Center site. Mark learned many valuable skills for dealing with the incarcerated. During Marks tenure with the Department of Corrections, he was trained and assisted the Correctional Investigation Unit as an Advanced Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) operator. This instrument is truth verification device or lie detector. Mark also assisted in successfully developing the drug interdiction unit. Mark also served on the Correctional Center Emergency Squad (E-Squad) as well as the Corrections Special Tactics Assault and Response team (C-STAR). These are SWAT teams for correctional facilities. Mark was called to duty with these specialty teams, several times, to assist in controlling disturbances at prisons across the State.
In January 1997, Mark returned to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned the position of Chief Deputy, a position which he held until June 2004. While serving Randolph County as Chief Deputy Sheriff, Mark’s duties were to assist the Sheriff with the day-to-day operations of the patrol division, investigation unit, court service, civil process service, jail and dispatch divisions. It was Mark’s duty to develop policy and procedure for the department. During his time as Chief Deputy, Mark successfully wrote grants for much need equipment. He attended monthly meetings throughout the County as a representative of the department to ensure community involvement by the Sheriff’s Office. While attending County Commission meetings as the representative for the Sheriff’s Office, Mark worked hard to design a jail and sheriff’s office in the Justice Center to ensure that the officers would be able to conduct their duties and tasks in a safe and efficient manner. Mark continues his commitment to protecting the citizens of Randolph County as well as the welfare of his deputies and other staff members.
On January 01, 2005, Mark took on a new roll after successfully winning the bid for Randolph County Sheriff. Mark has structured his office with professional and well trained staff.
Mark was one of five recipients of the Medal of Valor award presented by the Moberly Police Department after a 1999 gun battle with two escaped Georgia prison inmates. He was also the recipient of the 1999 Moberly Optimist Club Officer of the Year award for the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. In 2007, Mark was named Sheriff of the Year by the Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
As a Deputy, Mark was active with the Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association and was appointed as Regional Representative over 22 northeast Missouri Counties. Mark held this position until he was elected to the Executive Board of Directors. Since Mark was elected Randolph County Sheriff, he has been active with the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association, holding the position of Zone Leader over 8 counties. Mark has visited the Capitol many times with fellow Sheriffs, attempting to gain support for and testifying before committees for the passage of new laws.
Mark is the Chief Firearms Instructor with the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center and holds the position of Chairman. Mark has assisted in training over 500 students who have graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Center and is a certified Generalist Instructor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Mark serves on the Randolph County Child Fatality Review Team, a board member of Randolph County Caring Community Partnership and is a board member of the North Missouri Drug Task Force.
Mark remains active with Higbee Masonic Lodge where he serves as lodge secretary. He also belongs to Columbia Chapter No. 17 Royal Arch Masons, St. Graal Commandery No. 12 Knights Templar, Centralia Council, Coon Creek Shrine Club, Ararat Shrine Temple, Moberly Optimist Club – Past President, Huntsville Rotary Club, National Sheriff’s Association, Missouri Sheriffs’ Association, Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association, National Rifle Association, Moberly Community Betterment as well as serving as a board member of the Randolph County Caring Community Partnership.
Mark is a graduate of Randolph County EXCEL VIII Leadership Development Program that is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension Office.
Mark is also a graduate of the Missouri State Highway Patrol 95th Supervision School.