Sheriff Brian J. Bellendir
Brian J. Bellendir is the 29th Sheriff of Barton County. 30 persons have been elected to the office of Sheriff only 29 were sworn in (Alfred Jacka was elected but was killed in line of duty before being sworn into office). Bellendir is a Barton County native who attended Great Bend schools and Barton County Community College. Sheriff Bellendir also has a Bachelors degree from National College. He and his wife Carol are both residents of Great Bend.
The Sheriff started his law enforcement career in 1981 serving as a Reserve Deputy for Sheriff Gene Marks. In 1986 Bellendir completed his training to become a certified law enforcement officer. Brian has served the citizens of Barton County for nearly 30 years in various capacities at the Sheriff's Office. He has been a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, jail administrator and field lieutenant. Bellendir has a strong background in motor vehicle accident investigation, traffic enforcement and criminal investigations. He has received specialized and advanced training in these areas and continues to take an active part in investigations. It is not unusual to find the Sheriff on the road at a car accident or a crime scene. Brian has spent most of his adult life serving the citizens of Barton County and considers it an honor to be elected Sheriff.
Undersheriff Bruce Green
Bruce Green, Undersheriff, Barton County Sheriff's Office
Bruce started his law enforcement career in Barton County in 1976 when Hoisington Police Chief Glenn Brack hired him as a Police Officer. Bruce also attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 1976. In 1978 Bruce was promoted to the rank of Captain with the Hoisington Police Dept and was employed as Captain until December 1979 when he went to work for the Barton County Sheriff's Office. In the next continuous years to present, Bruce has held the positions within the Sheriff's Office as Deputy, K-9 officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, jail Administrator, Captain and now Undersheriff.
Bruce comes from a law enforcement back ground with his father, Berton Green, being in law enforcement for over 20 years and had been Chief of Police in St. John and Kinsley. Bruce's brother, Ed Green, was a Great Bend Police Officer and a Barton County Sheriff's Officer for a combined 28 years before his passing away. Bruce's uncle, Joseph D. Green, was appointed Barton County Sheriff in 1950 to serve as Sheriff after Sheriff-elect, Alfred Jacka, was killed in the line of duty. Bruce also mentions that he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1970 and that he is a graduate of the Barton Community college with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1976. Bruce is also a member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 and is an American Legion Rider and a Patriot Guard member. Bruce and his wife Rhonda reside in Great Bend.
Lieutenant Steve Billinger #63
Phone: (620) 793-1876
Fax: (620) 793-1885