Captain William “Willy” Hargraves – End of Watch

WIlly Hargraves Photo

On the morning of 8/19/2022 at approximately 0800 hrs, Captain William Hargraves was traveling eastbound on US Highway 60 on his way to the Sheriff’s Office. Captain Hargraves was involved in a collision at the intersection of US Highway 60 and State Highway 18 where he succumbed to his injuries from the collision.

William Hargraves was hired in 1998 as a Jailer by Sheriff Russell Cottle. In 2000 he was promoted to Field Deputy. In 2003 he was promoted to K-9 Handler and worked drug interdiction and drug detection for the public schools within Osage County with his K-9 Jasmine.
In 2004 Sheriff Wes Penland promoted him to Patrol Sgt, where his duties consisted of the Supervision of patrol shifts while continuing to work with his K-9 Partner.

In 2006 Sheriff Ty Koch promoted him to Patrol Lieutenant, where he was responsible for supervising all of the patrol and conduct Criminal Investigations for the west area of Osage County.

In 2020 Sheriff Eddie Virden promoted him to Jail Lieutenant, where he supervises the everyday functions of the day to day operations of the Osage County Detention Center and Transportation Division. After Captain Charlie Cartwright retired in 2021 he was promoted to Jail Administrator/Captain.

In 2022 William was promoted to Captain of Investigations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Willy’s family and everyone affected by this event.

Sheriff Eddie Virden, Osage County Sheriff