Fairfield County Sheriff's Office
Civil & Fiscal Unit

Elisa Dowdy has been a member of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office since 2001.

In 2005 she was promoted to Civil Supervisor and in 2015 and 2021 she was Civilian of the Year.
Ms. Dowdy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Purdue University and is a lifelong resident of Fairfield County.
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Civil & Fiscal Unit Supervisor:
Elisa Dowdy
“The Civil & Fiscal Unit includes: Civil Services, Fiscal Services, and Human Resources.”

Civil & Fiscal Unit Responsibilities
The Civil and Fiscal Unit includes Civil Services, Fiscal Services, and Human Resources.

The Civil Unit oversees court process for service which can include summons, subpoenas, protection orders, and other court documents that require service by deputies or certified mail.

The Civil Unit also includes The Records Section, which is responsible for all incident and accident reports taken, civilian background checks, requests for reports, maintaining arrest records, and civilian fingerprinting.


Individuals coming in to be fingerprinted will need to know what type of fingerprints they need - manual prints on cards, BCI/I (State), BCI/I and FBI (State and Federal), or FBI (Federal) alone. Fees for electronic and manual fingerprinting are listed below.


  • $35 - BCI/I (State)
  • $55 - BCI/I and FBI (State and Federal)
  • $35 - FBI (Federal)

Manual prints:

  • $5 – per card


The following is needed at the time of fingerprinting:

  • A valid driver’s license or state ID along with an original social security card.
  • Completed BCI webcheck form (for electronic prints).
  • Payment made by cash, check or money order.
  • Name, address, and phone number (fax number if available) for the recipient of the fingerprint results (for electronic prints).

Please call 740-652-7320 to schedule an appointment. Times are between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Vacation checks are another responsibility of this area. This program is free to the residents of Fairfield County who live outside city limits.


The Fiscal Unit includes accounts payable and receivable, payroll processing, Human Resources, budget preparation and forecasting, managing grants and special funds, sheriff sales, and fulfilling various public records requests, including personnel files, body cam video, etc.

Sheriff Sales

The Sheriff’s Office/Civil Unit serves as an uninterested party in the process of arranging for appraisals, setting a sale date and advertising. Money received for the sales are distributed as ordered by the court.



Human Resources

Human Resources is responsible for maintaining the personnel files for all employees in the Sheriff’s Office, working with County HR on worker’s comp claims and family medical leave requests, status changes for employees, including promotions, pay increases, address changes, etc., and coordinating the filing of payroll and benefit information for all employees.