Bill Ferrell was the Scott County Sheriff for 28 years, from 1977-2004. He is married to Sharon Watson Ferrell and they reside in Sikeston, Missouri. They have four children, William F. Ferrell II of Sikeston, Missouri, John Ferrell of Lexington, Kentucky, Lee Ferrell of Boca Raton, Florida, and Nikki Ferrell of Sikeston, Mo. John, Lee and Nikki are also graduates of Southeast Missouri State University.
After his retirement, he joined his father and brother in the family business, Ferrell Enterprises, in Sikeston. Throughout his career, Mr. Ferrell supported school children and contributed generously to school organizations and programs to educate and serve students, teachers and administrators throughout Scott County.