Law Enforcement has always been in my blood and it's all I've ever wanted to do. My father Bill Helkenberg was a town Marshall in Wann Oklahoma in the 1980's and became a full-time police officer at that time for the Neodesha Police Department in Neodesha, KS, when I was about 5 years old. That's when I decided I was going to be in Law Enforcement as well. My father served as a Police officer after that in Eureka, KS and went on to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office and served as Undersheriff. My father passed away as Undersheriff of Chautauqua County, Kansas in 1993. We then moved to Bartlesville, OK, where my Mother Lisa Baker began working for the Bartlesville Police Department and is still working to this day as a dispatcher. I began my career as a police explorer in 1994 and became a Full-time Police Officer with the Bartlesville Police Department in 1998. I served as a reserve deputy for several agencies and then became a full-time Certified Law Enforcement Officer in 2005 when I was working for the Cherryvale Police Department in Cherryvale, KS. I started at the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office in 2006 and remained there for over 10 years before leaving to work for private armed Security in Wichita, KS. I went back to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office as Courthouse/Court Security in 2021 and became the School Resource Officer for Eureka USD 389 in 2022 where I served proudly until leaving for the opportunities that was offered by the Woodson County Sheriff's Office in July of 2023.
I'm proud and my family is proud of my achievements over the years and of becoming an Undersheriff like my father before me. I look forward to serving Woodson County and look forward to getting to know the citizens of Woodson County. Thank you to all for this opportunity to serve you as your next Undersheriff in our wonderful county!