Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
24 Hours:
Crime Tip:
2801 Jordan Road SW
Fort Payne, AL 35968
Administrative Office:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm


DCSO Mourns the Loss of Melissa Wilkerson
DCSO Clerk Melissa Wilkerson

Our DCSO family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our Pistol Permit Clerk, Melissa Wilkerson, due to COVID-19. Ms. Wilkerson was more than a co-worker; she was a member of our family. Melissa served the citizens of DeKalb County for almost 33 years while working at the Sheriff's Office. She not only brightened the day of any citizen that came into our office, but also frequently checked on the well-being of our deputies and her co-workers. We ask that you please keep her family and our Sheriff's Office family in your prayers. 

Visitation will be Thursday, September 2nd from 5 pm - 8 pm and Friday, September 3rd, from 10 am -1 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 3rd at 1 pm in Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Green's Chapel Cemetery.

Due to increased cases in COVID-19, our Administrative Office will be closed until further notice. Pistol permits will still be available at our website then (click on Pistol Permits). For those using the mobile version, go to

If citizens need a report or a copy of a report, they can call our office at (256)845-3801 and a deputy will contact them by phone if the situation allows. For citizens needing to visit an inmate or that have business in the detention center, please use the night entry.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "As I try and search for the right thing to say, I can only think of the wonderful memories left behind to hold onto and to keep us pushing ahead in the days, weeks, months and years to come."

"We are a true family here; we have grown so close in the last few years and been through so much together as a family. We have experienced too much loss at DCSO, and it's not easy!  We have to just cry out to God to help get through it because we will never get over it.  We have to put our faith in the Lord's will and just look forward to the day we are reunited with our sweet Melissa," said Sheriff Welden. "Please pray for her family and our office that loved her so dear."  

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.