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Robert Sherriffs was born in Arbroath on 13th February on 13th February 1906. After studying at the Edinburgh College of Arts he began having his cartoons published in The Bystander, The Strand Magazine and The Sketch. In 1934 he drew a weekly cartoon for the Radio Times. In 1944 he published the comic novel, Salute If You Must.

After the Second World War Sherriffs was expected to become staff cartoonist on the Daily Herald but this went to his friend, George Whitelaw, instead. In 1948 he succeeded James Dowd as film caricaturist on Punch Magazine. He claimed "I regarded caricatures as designs and the expressions on faces merely as changes in a basic pattern."

Robert Sherriffs died on 26th December 1960.

Robert Sherriffs - History

Since 1798 there have been forty-five (45) people who have held the Office of Ross County Sheriff. The individuals who have held this distinguished office are:

Jeremiah McLain (Oct.) 1798-1807

Daniel Shepard (Jan.) 1807-1809

William Creighton (Jan.) 1809-1812

James McClintick (Jan.) 1812-1814

Thomas Steele (Jan.) 1814-1819

Josephus Collett (died) 1819-1819

James Clifford (Aug.) 1819-1825

John Tarlton (Jan.) 1825-1829

Charles Martin (Jan.) 1829-1833

John Tarlton (Jan.) 1833-1837

Charles Martin (Jan.)1837-1841

James McClintick (Jan.) 1841-1845

Charles Martin (Jan.) 1845-1849

William K. McMillan (Jan.) 1849-1853

John R. Anderson (Jan.) 1853-1857

Thomas Ghormley (Jan.) 1857-1861

Edward Adams (Jan.) 1861-1865

Felix B. Mace (Jan) 1873-1877

Thos. S. Mackey (Jan.) 1877-1881

Hugh W. Warner (Jan.) 1895-1897

James A. Devine (Jan.) 1901-1905

Latta Morrison (Jan.) 1905-1909

J. Henry Swope (Jan.) 1909-1911

William H. Stoker (Jan.) 1911-1915

Alonzo T. Swepston (Jan. ) 1915-1919

Alfred D. Immell (Jan.) 1919-1929

T. Ewing Arganbright (died) 1931-1933

R. E. Oliver (March) 1933-1933

Samuel B. Marks (died) 1945-1956

Fred J. Heinzelman 1956-1977

William B. Knott (died) 1993-1996

Ronald L. Nichols 1996-2008

George W. Lavender Jr. 2009- Present

Ohio Sheriff and Deputies Patches

Above patches in service from **** to 1996

Above patches are in service from 1996 to present

Historical Photographs by decade.

Citizens, if you have any past family or friends that had worked for the Sheriff's Office, we would like to here from you. We would like to gather historical photographs of past Deputies, or, Sheriff's memorabilia so that we can photograph it and place it on this site. You may contact Chief Deputy T.J. Hollis at 740-773-1187 with your information.

View some of the historical artifacts and photographs of past jail facilities.

Ross County Jail Pre-World War II Ross County Jail Post Korean War Era

Recently added to the Sheriff's Office is this artifact. This walking cane was used by one of the two sheriffs in 1915. Sheriff William H. Stoker or Sheriff Alonzo T. Swepston, there are no records of which Sheriff used the cane.

Below are some photographs of the basement of the old jail that at one time was used as a Territorial Prison

The pipes and lighting were added over the years when the building was modernized and the jail moved upstairs but the walls, doors and windows have remained the same over more than 200 years

Below are some photographs of the jail pre-1988 before the jail was built on its current location. Most of the bars and all of the jail furniture have been removed. The old jail is now home to the Ross County Achieves.

The Office of the Sheriff is the oldest office under the system of common law in the United States and is an integral part of government in the State of New York.

As the oldest constitutional law enforcement officer of the county, the Sheriff is charged with maintaining the peace in all municipalities, villages, and townships within his jurisdiction and the care and custody of persons pending court action. The Sheriff also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Courts.

The powers and the duties of the Sheriff are embodied in the constitution of each state and, as such, the Sheriff of Erie County heads the largest Sheriff's Office in New York State and the fourteenth largest in the nation.

On February 4, 1821, John G. Camp was appointed as the first Sheriff of the district, which at that time encompassed both Erie and Niagara County. After the district of Erie County was established, Camp remained in office as the Sheriff of Erie County until December 31, 1822.

United States President Grover Cleveland began his political career as Sheriff of Erie County in 1871. He went on to become Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Governor of the State of New York and President.

The Erie County Sheriff is, as most of more than 3,000 sheriffs in the United States, an elected official. He is elected to a term of office for four years, must devote full time to his duties, and may not hold any other public office.

The men and women, within the various divisions of the sheriff's Office, provide a wide range of services to the County's residents. In addition to 1,046 square miles of land area, Erie County has 90 miles of shoreline, the waters of which also come under the jurisdiction of the Office.

The Erie County Holding Center began as a jail "plainly built of Graystone" in 1877. It was built to house individuals awaiting trial and those convicted on minor charges. At that time, the facility housed about 30 prisoners.

The original building was demolished in 1937 to allow the construction of a new jail designed to house 156 inmates. The new jail, boasted as the most modern in the country, was opened in 1938. This building constitutes the nucleus of today's building.

Many additions later, the Holding Center, a pre-trial detention facility, accommodates 680 inmates in a combination of the traditional jail design of indirect supervision - Linear - and a new design of direct supervision - Podular. The blending of these two concepts brings to Erie County the first detention facility in the United States to unite these two different systems into one smoothly functioning facility.

In 1986, the Sheriff's Office was first accredited by the New York State Sheriff's Association and has just recently completed the re-accreditation process. In 1990, the Sheriff's Office became one of the first police agencies in Western New York to be certified by the State of New York as an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office owes its successful development to the fifty-three sheriffs, and all the public servants, both past and present, who dedicated themselves to the service and the protection of the citizens of Erie County.

Past Sheriffs Of Erie County

Wray S. Littlefield 1823 - 1825
John G. Camp 1826 - 1828
Lemuel Wasson 1829 - 1831
Stephen Osborn 1832 - 1834
Lester Brace 1835 - 1837
Charles P. Persons 1838 - 1840
Lorenzo Brown 1841 - 1843
Ralph Plumb 1844 - 1846
General Timothy Hopkins 1847 - 1849
Leroy Farnham 1850 - 1852
Joseph Candee 1853 - 1855
Orrin Lockwood 1856 - 1858
Gustavus A. Scroggs 1859 - 1861
Robert H. Best 1862 - 1864
Oliver J Eggert 1865 - 1867
Charles Darcy 1868 - 1870
Grover Cleveland 1871 - 1873
John B. Weber 1874 - 1876
Joseph L. Haberstro 1877 - 1879
William W. Lawson 1880 - 1882
Harry H. Koch 1883 -1885
Frank T. Gilbert 1886 -1888
Oliver A. Jenkins 1889 - 1891
August Beck 1892 - 1894
George H. Lamy 1895 - 1897
Andrew Kilgallon 1898 - 1900
Samuel Caldwell 1901 - 1902
Francis T. Coppins 1902
Harry M. Kaiser 1903 - 1905
James Smith 1906 - 1908
Henry F. Jerge 1909 -1910
John W. Henry 1911 - 1912
Frederic Becker 1912 - 1914
Howard Stengel 1915 - 1917
Fred A. Bradley 1918 -1920
William Waldo 1921 - 1923
Frank A. Tyler 1924 - 1926
Charles F. Zimmerman 1927 - 1929
Charles F. Freiberg 1930 - 1932
Frank J. Offermann 1933 - 1935
Michael Maher 1935
William M. Eberhardt 1936 -1938
William Pollack 1939 - 1941
Arthur D. Britt 1942 - 1955
Michael Wagner 1955
Robert A, Glasser 1956 - 1959
B. John Tutuska 1959 - 1969
Thomas W. Ryan 1969
Michael A. Amico 1970 - 1976
Kenneth J. Braun 1977 - 1985
Thomas F. Higgins 1986 - 1997
Patrick M. Gallivan 1998 - 2005
Timothy B. Howard 2005 - present

Past Sheriffs by State - Alabama-Iowa

Origin of the word "sheriff"
Over 1000 years ago in England, the shire, was formed when groups of hundreds banded together. The shire was the forerunner of the modern county. Just as each hundred was led by a reeve (chief), each shire had a reeve as well. To distinguish the leader of a shire from the leader of a mere hundred, the more powerful official became known as the shire-reeve.

The word shire-reeve eventually became the modern word sheriff. Read More

Spelling of the word "SHERIFF"

Sheriff seems to be one of those words which is often misspelled. Common misspellings include sherrif, sherif, and sherriff. The correct spelling is SHERIFF.

Search Billions of Names at for past sheriffs and ancestors!

Search for past sheriffs in our free directory. Using the following directory, you will locate lists of former sheriffs along with photographs, biographies, county jail histories, county sheriff office history and other documents dating back as far as the 1600's. Was one of your ancestors a sheriff? Take a look around to find out. If you know of other past sheriffs lists online, or you have one to donate, please let us know.

Alabama Department of Safety History

Features several pages devoted to the history of the organization and mentions many names of the past in the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety.

Calhoun County Former Sheriffs
Includes a list of former sheriffs of Calhoun County, AL 1833 to 1995 along with some early county jail photos.

Cherokee County Sheriffs History
Some history Includes a partial list of past sheriffs of Cherokee County, AL 1838 to present day with some photos.

Coffee County Sheriffs History
Provides a bio for the current sheriff and a list of past sheriffs 1843 to present time with many photos..

Colbert County Sheriffs History
Includes a list of the past sheriffs of Colbert County, AL 1870 to present time with many photos.

Dale County Sheriffs History
A brief history recounts some of the past sheriffs of Dale County, Alabama.

Franklin County Sheriffs History
Features a bio of the current sheriff and a list of the past sheriffs of Franklin County, AL 1851 to present time with photos.

Houston County Past Sheriffs

Jefferson County Past Sheriffs 1819 to present
Includes photos.

An incomplete list of past sheriffs in Lawrence County, AL.

Marshall County Past Sheriffs

A list of the past sheriffs of Marshall County from 1835 to present time.

Mobile County Sheriffs History

A list of the past sheriffs of Mobile County, Alabama from 1812 to present time..

Montgomery County Past to Present Sheriffs

A list of the past sheriffs of Montgomery County from 1817 to present day.

Northern District of Alabama US Marshals

Features a list of all former US Marshals in the Northern District of Alabama. Covers years 1830 to present day.

Pickens County Sheriff's History
Bio of current Pickens County Sheriff with a list of past sheriffs beginning in 1821 with several photos.

Pike County Sheriff's History
Bio of current Pike County Sheriff with a list of past sheriffs beginning in 1963.

Shelby County Sheriff's History
Includes a list of sheriffs of Shelby County, AL from 1818 to present day and a brief history.

Talladega County History and Past Sheriffs List
Features a list of past sheriffs of the Talladega County Sheriff's Office 1833 to present day.

Tuscaloosa County History and Past Sheriffs List
Includes early photos of law enforcement officers.

Walker County Former Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs 1824 to present for Walker County, Alabama.

Glendale, Arizona Town Marshals

This comprehensive site of historic lists of Town Marshals, Chiefs of Police, and Police Officers runs from 1910 to present time.

US Marshals of Arizona Territory
Includes list of US Marshals in Arizona Territory 1864 to 1912.
More information about U.S. Marshals can be found in the book:
The United States Marshals of New Mexico and Arizona Territories, 1846-1912
and: Tales of Arizona Territory

Yuma County Past Sheriffs 1864 to present
Includes all sheriffs of Yuma County, Arizona along with some photos and biographies. The site also features a page of those officers killed in the line of duty.

Baxter County Past Sheriffs

The following list was compiled and submitted by The Baxter County Historical Society President Maryanne Edge.

See the photos and some history about these Baxter County sheriffs.

1873-1884 A.G. Byler
1884-1890 Jacob H. Wolf
1890-1892 A.G. Byler *
1892-1892 W.F. Eatman **
1892-1894 Samuel Livingston
1894-1896 R.M. Hancock
1896-1900 G.W. Foster
1900-1904 R.H. Hudson
1904-1907 E.W. Mooney *
1908-1912 Leon Mooney
1912-1921 R.S. Hurst
1921-1925 Jim Martin
1925-1928 R.S. Hurst
1928-1940 Jim Martin
1941-1944 Harvey S. Powell
1945-1950 Ernie Gentry
1951-1956 J.D. King, Jr.
1957-1962 Jack Gregory
1963-1968 Emmett Edmonds *
1968-1969 Pauline Edmonds
1968-1970 D.C. Cockrum
1971-1978 Jack Gregory
1979-1995 Joe H. Edmonds
1995-1996 Benny Magness
1997-1998 Charlie Garrison
1999-2004 Joe H. Edmonds
2005-present John F. Montgomery
* Starred names indicate that these Sheriffs were killed while in office.
** Sheriff W.F. Eatman was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Byler, who was killed in the line of duty by infamous outlaw Jesse Roper.

Benton County Sheriff's Office History

Features a list of past sheriffs 1866 to present time.

Columbia County, Arkansas Sheriffs

Features a historical list of sheriffs 1853 to present day.

Conway County, Arkansas Sheriffs

Includes historical list of sheriffs 1826-1902.

Crawford County Past Sheriffs

A complete list of past sheriffs of the Crawford County Sheriffs Office from 1821 to present day.

Faulkner County Past Sheriffs

Names and photos of the past sheriffs of Faulkner County.

Faulkner County Past Sheriffs

Names and photos of the past sheriffs of Faulkner County.

Grant County Sheriffs Office History

Features a list of sheriffs who served Grant County, Arkansas from 1869 to present with photographs.

Hot Spring County History of Sheriffs

Lists all sheriffs who have served Hot Spring County, Arkansas from 1829 to present day.

Jackson County Sheriffs Office History

Features names and dates of service for the former sheriffs of Jackson County, Arkansas. Great photos and interesting information about the early days in the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Jefferson County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs of Jefferson County from 1830 to present time. Includes nice photos.

Johnson County Sheriffs Office History

Features photos and dates of service for the former sheriffs of Johnson County, Arkansas.

Lonoke County Past Sheriffs

Past sheriffs are listed chronologically from 1874 to present day..

Madison County Past Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs who served the Madison County Sheriff's Department 1836 to present time. Also see Madison County Sheriff Office Memorial.

Mississippi County Sheriffs History

List of past sheriffs who served the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department 1833 to present day.

Perry County Sheriff History

Features a complete list of past sheriffs who served Perry County, Arkansas from 1940 to present time.

Pope County Sheriff's Office History

Features a nicely done history of the Pope County Sheriff's Office with photos. Lists all past sheriffs who served Pope County from 1829 to present day.

Saline County Sheriff's Office History

Features a well done history including photos and a list of all sheriffs who have served in Saline County, Arkansas.

Union County, Arkansas Past Sheriffs

Lists all past sheriffs 1829 to present.

Also of historical interest is the Tucker - Parnell Feud located at El Dorado's Legend of Marshal Tucker.

Washington County, Arkansas Sheriffs

Features list of past sheriffs 1828 to present day. Includes photos and biographical information.

Alameda County Sheriff Historical Facts.
Features some historical facts about the Alameda County Sheriff's Office from 1853 to present day.

Butte County Sheriff History.
Features some history with a list of past sheriffs 1850 to present time.

Contra Costa County Past Sheriffs 1850 to present.
Includes photos and biographies.

Fresno County Former Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs of Fresno County, California 1856 to 1999 with photos.

Kern County Sheriffs Office History

Brief history of the Kern County Sheriffs Office. Also see Kern County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.

Los Angeles County Past Sheriffs 1850 to present
Located at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Unofficial Guide to Badges, Patches and History. Includes some biographies and photos.

Los Angeles Sheriffs - Past to Present
Located at Los Angeles Almanac. Includes Los Angeles County, California sheriffs 1850 to present along with some historical information.

Mariposa County Sheriff Histsory
Includes past sheriffs of Mariposa County from 1850 to present time.

Napa County Past Sheriffs 1853 to present

History of the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.
Includes photos and histories of some of the early sheriffs. Also of interest is the Sheriff's Museum. The Sheriff's Museum site features a list of past sheriffs in the San Diego Sheriff's Office.

San Francisco Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs of San Francisco, California 1850 to present along with photos and biographies.

San Joaquin County Past Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs of San Joaquin County, California 1849 to present day.

Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office History
Features a brief history of the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office.

Santa Cruz County Historical List of Sheriffs
Located at the Santa Cruz Public Library. Includes past sheriffs 1850 to 1994 of Santa Cruz County, CA.

Sutter County Sheriffs List

Located at the Sutter County Sheriff's Office. Features a list of past sheriffs 1850 to present day.

Tulare County Historical Sheriffs List

Located at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. Features a list of past sheriffs 1852 to present day.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department History

Located at the Ventura County Sheriffs Department. Features a brief history and a gallery of past sheriffs who have served Ventura County. The site also features a memorial to fallen officers.

Features pictures of past sheriffs and the dates they served from 1850 to present day. Also see the memorial page.

Arapahoe County Historical Elected Officials

Features histories, photos and memorials to the elected officials in Arapahoe County's past. Includes a list of past sheriffs 1902 to present day.

Boulder County Sheriffs Past and Present

Features a list of past sheriffs of Boulder County, CO 1861 to present time with many photos..

El Paso County Sheriff's Office History

Features a brief history of the Sheriff's office of El Paso County, CO.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office History Columbine High School Shootings

Montezuma County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs 1889 to present time.

Sussex County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs 1669 to present.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office History
Features an extensive history of the Alachua Sheriff's Office from 1824 to present time including photos and bios of the past sheriffs.

Bradford County Sheriff's Office History
Features a complete list of past sheriffs from 1859 to present day with photos.

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office History
Features a complete list of past sheriffs from 1921 to present day with bios and photos.

Collier County Sheriff's Department History
Brief history of the Collier County Sheriff's Department. Includes a page devoted to fallen officers.

Gainesville Police Department History
History of the police department along with early town marshals and a list of police chiefs from 1919 to 1999 with nice photos. Also see the Memorial Page.

Glades County Sheriffs - Past and Present

Full list of all past sheriffs of the Glades County Sheriff's Office fro 1909 to present.

Highlands County Past Sheriffs

Full list of all past sheriffs of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office with photographs.

Monroe County History and Chronology of the Sheriff's Office.
Includes past sheriffs 1832 to present with some historic photos.

Nassau County Law Enforcement History.
Includes past sheriffs 1827 to present with some historic photos.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Historical Overview.
A nicely written history of the Orange County, FL Sheriff's Office covering163 years.

Pasco County History of the Pasco County Sheriffs Office

Features some history of the Sheriff's office along with a list of past sheriffs 1887 to present time.

Polk County Sheriffs Past and Present

Provides a complete list of all sheriffs who have served Polk County since 1861. Also see the Memorial Page..

Pottawattamie County Sheriffs Office History

Features a brief history of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, providing names and photos of some past sheriffs. Also see Line of Duty Deaths.

Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Data
Includes list of former sheriffs of Santa Rosa County, FL for years 1842 to 2000.

A nice little history which includes photos and information about the past sheriffs of Seminole County, FL along with a page devoted to fallen officers.

St. Johns Sheriffs Office History

This brief history includes past sheriffs of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries with photos.

List of past sheriffs of St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office with photographs.

Volusia County Past Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs of Volusia County from 1855 to 2001.

Bulloch County Sheriff's Office History.

Provides the history of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and a list of the past sheriffs who have served Bulloch County, Georgia since 1796.

Clayton County Sheriff's Office History.

Features the past sheriffs who have served Clayton County, Georgia since 1858.

Cobb County - History of the Cobb County Sheriff's Office.

Includes a nice historical background with list of sheriffs 1833 to present day with some good photos. Also see the Cobb County Jail History.

Fayette County Past Sheriffs

Lists all sheriffs of Fayette County, Georgia from 1822 to present time.

Floyd County Sheriffs History

Lists all sheriffs of Floyd County, Georgia from 1833 to present time.

Fulton County Sheriffs History

Very brief history of the Fulton County, GA Sheriffs Office mentions some past sheriffs.

Gwinnett County Sheriffs Office History

Provides a brief history of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office which originated in 1818.

Henry County Sheriffs History

Lists all sheriffs of Henry County, Georgia from 1823 to present time.

Long County History of the Sheriffs

Provides sheriffs from 1969 to present day.

Muscogee County Sheriffs History

Lists sheriffs from 1927 to present day with lots of historical background. Includes photos and history of the Columbus Stockade which was built ca 1850-1870, old newspaper articles and a history timeline of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office.

Newton County Sheriff's Office History

Features a brief history of the Newton County Sheriff's Office and provides a list of past sheriffs who served Newton County, GA from 1822 to present day.

Santa Rosa - History of Santa Rosa County Sheriffs

Located on the Santa Rosa County Sheriff site. Features a brief history, a historical timeline of the Sheriff's Department, County Courthouse information and a list of past sheriffs (1842 to present) with biographies.

Seminole County Past Sheriffs

Features photos and information about the past sheriffs of Seminole County, GA from 1921 to present day.

Tift County Past Sheriffs

Features photos and information about the past sheriffs who served Tift County, GA from 1905 to present time.

Blaine County Sheriffs History

Features a well-written history of the Blaine County Sheriffs Office complete with the history of their law enforcement and lists of the lawmen who upheld the law in Blaine County Idaho 1864 to present day.

Boise County Sheriffs History

Provides a list of sheriffs in Boise County, Idaho and their years of service 1863 to present time.

Bonneville County History

Features names, photos and information about past sheriffs of Bonneville County, Idaho.

Idaho County Sheriffs Past and Present

Lists all former sheriffs 1863 to present day.

Kootenai County Past Sheriffs

Lists all sheriffs of Kootenai County from 1932 to present day with links to lists of other historic Kootenai County officials as well.

Twin Falls County Sheriffs Office History

Features a nice history of law enforcement in Twin Falls County, Idaho. You will find the past sheriff of Twin Falls County, Idaho Sheriff's Office from 1907 to present and since Twin Falls, Idaho was originally part of Cassia County, you will find Cassia County past sheriffs listed for years 1879-1907.

Adams County Past Sheriffs 1825 - Present.

Cumberland County Officials

Includes pre 1884 officials including sheriffs, clerks, judges and other offices.

Henry County Sheriff's Office History
Includes past Sheriffs 1837 to present.

Kane County Past Sheriffs 1836 to present.
Includes some early photos.
History of the Kane County Jails
History of Kane County Jails. Includes old jail photos and drawings.

Early People and Politics in Kane County, Illinois

Lists of early county officials including sheriffs, clerks, judges, coroners and others in the 19th Century.

Kankakee County Sheriffs Office History

Rock Island County Past Sheriffs

Rock Island County Sheriff's Department History

Winnebago County Sheriffs Office History

Includes some of the past sheriffs and some interesting tidbits about the history of Winnebago County, Illinois.

DeKalb County Sheriff Department History

Features a brief history which includes lists of past sheriffs and historical jail information and photographs.

Delaware County Sheriff Department History
Includes some history of the department along with a list of past sheriffs 1827 to present.

Features a complete list of past sheriffs of Indiana territory and Gibson County through present day.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office History

Features historical information about the sheriff's office, the Johnson County jail, past sheriffs, early crimes and vigilante justice.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office History

This very brief history includes some information about past sheriffs and officers..

Marion County, Indiana Previous Sheriffs
Lists all sheriffs 1822 to present.

Also see: Marion County Sheriff's Department History
History of Marion County Jails

Includes old Marion county jail photos.

Noble County Past Sheriffs
Located at the Noble county Historical Society. Includes former sheriffs of Noble County, Indiana between 1836 and 1974.

Putnam County Sheriffs History

Features a brief history of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and jail which includes a list of past sheriffs 1822 to present time.

Scott County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Scott County, IN from 1820 to present day..

Vanderburgh County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs who served in Vanderburgh County, IN from 1818 to present time..

White County Sheriffs History

Located on the White County Sheriff's site, the page features links to articles containing historical information about the White County Sheriff's Office and a list of all sheriffs 1892 to present.

Adams County Officials 1893-1940

Includes Sheriffs, Court Clerks, and other official of Adams County, Iowa.

Allamakee County Sheriffs History

Keepers of law and order in Alamakee County from 1904-1949. Includes Marshalls, Sheriffs and other Peace Officers of Allamakee County, IA.

Black Hawk County Sheriffs History

Provides some history of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office along with a list of past sheriffs who served from 1853 to present day..

Cass County Sheriffs History

This very brief history of the Cass County Sheriff's Office details events through the years with a few names of law enforcement officials but doesn't list the past sheriffs.

Chickasaw County Previous Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs who served in Chickasaw County, Iowa from 1853 to present day.

Clay County Sheriffs History

Nice history about the Clay County Sheriffs Office along with a list of past sheriffs 1859 to present day.

Features a list of past sheriffs from the first sheriff to present day.

Dickinson County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs of Dickinson County beginning in 1857..

Fayette County Sheriffs History

Brien history details the inception of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and includes a list of past sheriffs 1850 to present time..

1845-1880 Elected Officials of Iowa County

Includes sheriffs, mayors and other city officials in the history of Iowa County, IA.

Mills County Iowa Past Sheriffs

Lists 1851 to present day sheriffs of Mills County, Iowa. Page also features a list of past and current Mills County Deputy Sheriffs.

O'Brien County Sheriff's Office and Jail History

Nice history with photos and a list of past sheriffs 1860 to present.

Osceola County, Iowa Past Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs who have served Osceola County from 1872 to present time. Also included are past Chiefs of Police of Sibley, IA..

Plymouth County Iowa Sheriffs History

Brief history of the Plymouth County Sheriffs Office features a list of past sheriffs who served Plymouth County 1859 to present.

Plymouth County Iowa Sheriffs History

Brief history of the Plymouth County Sheriffs Office features a list of past sheriffs who served Plymouth County 1859 to present.

Scott County Iowa Previous Sheriffs

Features a list of the previous sheriffs of Scott County, Iowa from 1838 to present day.

Wapello County Sheriff History

Brief history of the Wapello County Sheriff includes past sheriffs 1844 to present time. Also see Wapello County Jail History.

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History of the Sheriff

What is a sheriff? Mention the word “sheriff” and many people’s minds will fill immediately with images of shootouts and gunfights in the Wild West. Such is the power of old movies and television series, which have so magnified the role of the nineteenth-century American sheriff that it is now virtually impossible to think of sheriffs as existing in any other place or time. Most people would be surprised to know that the office of sheriff has a proud history that spans well over a thousand years, from the early Middle Ages to our own “high-tech” era.

With few exceptions, today’s sheriffs are elected officials who serve as a chief law-enforcement officer for a county. Although the duties of the sheriff vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the sheriff’s office is generally active in all three branches of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and corrections.

The importance of the modern sheriff was stressed by President Ronald Reagan in his address to the National Sheriffs’ Association on June 21, 1984. He said, “Thank you for standing up for this nation’s dream of personal freedom under the rule of law. Thank you for standing against those who would transform that dream into a nightmare of wrongdoing and lawlessness. And thank you for your service to your communities, to your country, and to the cause of law and justice.”

To appreciate the vital function that sheriffs continue to serve, it is useful to become acquainted with the long and diverse history of the sheriff’s office, and how the office has grown and changed over the past twelve centuries.

The Beginning: The Middle Ages
More than twelve hundred years ago, the country we now call England was inhabited by small groups of Anglo-Saxons who lived in rural communities called tuns. (Tun is the source of the modern English word town.) These Anglo-Saxons were often at war. Sometime before the year 700, they decided to systematize their methods of fighting by forming a system of local self-government based on groups of ten.

Each tun was divided into groups of ten families, called tithings. The elected leader of each tithing was called a tithingman.

The tithings were also arranged in tens. Each group of ten tithings (or a hundred families) elected its own chief. The Anglo-Saxon word for chief was gerefa, which later became shortened to reeve.

During the next two centuries, a number of changes occurred in this system of tithings and hundreds. A new unit of government, the shire, was formed when groups of hundreds banded together. The shire was the forerunner of the modern county. Just as each hundred was led by a reeve (chief), each shire had a reeve as well. To distinguish the leader of a shire from the leader of a mere hundred, the more powerful official became known as a shire-reeve.

The word shire-reeve eventually became the modern English word sheriff. The sheriff — in early England, and metaphorically, in present-day America — is the keeper, or chief, of the county.

Under King Alfred the Great, who assumed the throne in the year 871, the sheriff was responsible for maintaining law and order within his own county. However, it remained the duty of every citizen to assist the sheriff in keeping the peace. If a criminal or escaped suspect was at large, it was the sheriff’s responsibility to give the alarm — the hue and cry, as it was called. Any member of the community who heard the hue and cry was then legally responsible for helping to bring the criminal to justice. This principle of direct citizen participation survives today in the procedure known as posse commitatus.

The Office Grows

Originally, tuns had ruled themselves through the election of tithingmen and reeves. Over the years, however, government became more centralized — concentrated in the power of a single ruler, the king. The king distributed huge tracts of land to various noblemen, who thereby became entitled to govern those tracts of land under the king’s authority. Under this new arrangement, it was the noblemen who appointed sheriffs for the counties they controlled. In those areas not consigned to noblemen, the king appointed his own sheriffs.

At the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Saxon king Harold was defeated by the Normans — invaders from the country we now call France. The Normans, who did not believe at all in local government, centralized their power. Rule was greatly consolidated under the king and his appointees. More than ever before, the sheriff became an agent of the king. Among the sheriff’s new duties was that of tax collector.

Dictatorial rule by a series of powerful kings became more and more intolerable over the years. Finally, in 1215, an army of rebellious noblemen forced the despotic King John to sign the Magna Carta. This important document restored a number of rights to the noblemen and guaranteed certain basic freedoms. The text of the Magna Carta mentioned the role of the sheriff nine times, further establishing the importance of that office.

Over the next few centuries, the sheriff remained the leading law enforcement officer of the county. To be appointed sheriff was considered a significant honor. The honor, however, was a costly one. If the people of the county did not pay the full amount of their taxes and fines, the sheriff was required to make up the difference out of his own pocket. Furthermore, the sheriff was expected to serve as host for judges and other visiting dignitaries, providing them with lavish entertainment at his own expense.

For these reasons, the office of sheriff was not often sought after. In fact, many well-qualified men did everything they could to avoid being chosen. The law on this point was quite clear — if a man was chosen to be sheriff, he had to serve.

The Sheriff Crosses the Atlantic

When English settlers began to travel to the New World, the office of sheriff traveled with them. The first American counties were established in Virginia in 1634, and records show that one of these counties elected a sheriff in 1651. Although this particular sheriff was chosen by popular vote, most other colonial sheriffs were appointed. Just as noblemen in medieval England had depended upon sheriffs to protect their tracts of land, large American landowners appointed sheriffs to enforce the law in the areas they controlled. Unlike their English counterparts, however, American sheriffs were not expected to pay extraordinary expenses out of their own pockets. Some sheriffs — most of whom were wealthy men to begin with — even made money from the job.

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American sheriffs were assigned a broad range of responsibilities by colonial and state legislatures. Some of these responsibilities, such as law enforcement and tax collection, were carried over from the familiar role of the English sheriff. Other responsibilities, such as overseeing jails and workhouses, were new.

Prior to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, the most common punishments for crimes that did not warrant the death penalty had been flogging or other sorts of physical mutilation. When confinement became favored as a more civilized way to deal with criminals, authorities in medieval England introduced the county jail. They began to experiment with other sorts of facilities as well. Among these were the workhouse, where minor offenders were assigned useful labor, and the house of correction, where people who had been unable to function in society could theoretically be taught to do so.

All three of these institutions were brought to colonial America, and the responsibility for managing them was given to the colonies’ ubiquitous law enforcement officer — the sheriff.

As Americans began to move westward, they took with them the concept of county jails and the office of sheriff. The sheriff was desperately needed to establish order in the lawless territories where power belonged to those with the fastest draw and the most accurate shot. Here it is said that sheriffs fell into two categories, the quick and the dead. Most western sheriffs, however, kept the peace by virtue of their authority rather than their guns. With a few exceptions, sheriffs resorted to firepower much less often than is commonly imagined.

The Sheriff Today

In the minds of many Americans, the role of sheriff ended with the taming of the Wild West. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. There are over three thousand counties in the United States today, and almost every one of them has a sheriff. Some cities, such as Denver, St. Louis, Richmond and Baltimore have sheriffs as well.

In the majority of states, the office of sheriff is established by the state constitution. Most of the remaining states have established the office by an act of state legislature. Alaska is the only state in which the office of sheriff does not exist.

There are only two states in which the sheriff is not elected by the voters. In Rhode Island, sheriffs are appointed by the governor in Hawaii, deputy sheriffs serve in the Department of Public Safety’s Sheriff’s Division.

Because the office of sheriff exists in so many different places and under so many different conditions, there is really no such thing as a “typical” sheriff. Some sheriffs still have time to drop by the town coffee shop to chat with the citizens each day, while others report to an office in a skyscraper and manage a department whose budget exceeds that of many corporations. Despite their differences in style, however, most sheriffs have certain roles and responsibilities in common.

Law Enforcement

Most sheriffs’ offices have a responsibility for law enforcement, a function that dates all the way back to the origins of the office in feudal England. Although the authority of the sheriff varies from state to state, a sheriff always has the power to make arrests within his or her own county. Some states extend this authority to adjacent counties or to the entire state.

Many sheriffs’ offices also perform routine patrol functions such as traffic control, accident investigations, and transportation of prisoners. Larger departments may perform criminal investigations or engage in other specialized law enforcement activities. Some unusually large sheriffs’ offices may have an air patrol (including fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters), a mounted patrol or a marine patrol at their disposal.

Many sheriffs enlist the aid of local neighborhoods in working to prevent crime. The National Neighborhood Watch Program, sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, allows citizens and law enforcement officials to cooperate in keeping communities safe.

As the sheriff’s law enforcement duties become more extensive and complex, new career opportunities for people with specialized skills are opening up in sheriff’s offices around the country. Among the specialties now in demand are underwater diving, piloting, boating, skiing, radar technology, communications, computer technology, accounting, emergency medicine, and foreign languages (especially Spanish, French, and Vietnamese.)

Court Duties

In every state in which the office exists, sheriffs are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the court. A sheriff or deputy may be required to attend all court sessions to act as bailiff to take charge of juries whenever they are outside the courtroom to serve court papers such as subpoenas, summonses, warrants, writs, or civil process to extradite prisoners to enforce money decrees (such as those relating to the garnishment or sale of property) to collect taxes or to perform other court-related functions.

Jail Administration

Most sheriffs’ offices maintain and operate county jails, detention centers, detoxification centers and community corrections facilities such as work-release group homes and halfway houses. Sheriffs, and the jail officers under their authority, are responsible for supervising inmates and protecting their rights. They are also responsible for providing inmates with food, clothing, exercise, recreation and medical services.

This responsibility has become more difficult as old jail facilities deteriorate and become overcrowded. The mid-1970s brought on an explosion of lawsuits filed by inmates to protest their conditions of confinement. In recent years, however, national and state commissions, along with the courts, have been working together with local authorities to make jails more hospitable and humane.

This effort has brought sheriffs and jail officers into partnership with judges, district attorneys, and corrections officials. As jail conditions improve, sheriffs and their departments are earning increased respect and recognition as professionals.


Sheriff worked on uranium isotope separation for the World War II Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He worked on this project from 1943-1946. Γ] ΐ] After receiving his masters and PhD in Physics, Sheriff accepted a job at Standard of California (Chevron) to work in their new geophysical research lab. Serving in a variety of functions, including managing geophysical crews and drilling activity overseas, Sheriff worked at Chevron for 25 years. Γ] Sheriff went on to work 5 years as Senior Vice-President of Development with Seiscom-Delta Corporation before moving to academia at the University of Houston. Γ] He served as a tenured professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for 23 years before retiring. Γ] Ώ] He served as Professor Emeritus after his retirement.

Sheriff was one of the originators of the geophysical topic, attributes, and is coauthor of what some consider the seminal article in the field, Complex trace analysis (GEOPHYSICS, 1979). Δ] Ε]

Sheriff served as First Vice President for SEG from 1972-73 and was an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAEG), and the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH). Γ] In 1969, Sheriff received the SEG Virgil Kauffman Medal for his initial publication of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Exploration Geophysics. Sheriff received SEG's highest award in 1998, the Maurice Ewing Award, for his lifetime achievements in geophysics. In 2006, SEG members voted the 1973 dictionary as the top geophysical book ever published for the industry, citing a copy could be found in every working exploration office. Γ]

As Lee Lawyer pointed out in Sheriff’s citation for the Maurice Ewing Medal, Sheriff was in the forefront of such major trends in geophysical theory as hydrocarbon indicators, sequence stratigraphy, and reservoir geophysics. In addition, he was responsible for the first poster session at an SEG Annual Meeting, arranged the SEG technical presentations at the first two Offshore Technology Conferences, and co-organized industry-academic seminars to expedite transfer of knowledge between campus and industry. Ε]

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics

Sheriff created a 30-page pamphlet to support his training classes as well as help train employees on the latest concepts in geophysics. After a past SEG president received the pamphlet, the president recommended to the SEG membership that the document be expanded. This document served as the foundation for what would become the Encyclopedic Dictionary. It transformed from a 30-page glossary to 429 pages in its 4th edition. ΐ]

Each subsequent edition of the dictionary saw significant increases in the number of terms. The third edition (published in 1991) contained 20% more entries than the second (published in 1984). The fourth (published in 2002) had 61 more pages of definitions than the third. For over four decades Sheriff updated the dictionary to reflect the latest technology and research in geophysics. Ε]


Sheriff and his wife, Margaret, endowed several SEG Scholarships for international students wishing to continue their studies in geophysics at the University in Houston. Additionally, the couple endowed several positions, including the Faculty Chair in Applied Seismology, an endowment in Applied Geophysics, an endowed Professorship in Sequence Stratigraphy and an endowed Professorship in Geophysics at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Houston. Γ]

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Jefferson County was organized December 8, 1818 when Missouri was still a territory. In those early days, the county&rsquos settlers, who came from as far away as France, Germany, Canada and Ireland, lived without the conveniences of roads, stores, post offices, and blacksmith shops. None, however, lived without one gun and at least one dog, considered &ldquoindispensables.&rdquo

The first session of court was held March 22, 1819. It was then that Andrew Scott, commissioned as the first sheriff of Jefferson County, assumed the duties of his office. Jefferson County&rsquos first Census in 1820 showed the sheriff was responsible for protecting a population of 1,832. At the same session, Herculaneum was named county seat. In 1820, land was donated to the county and a small log jail was built in the town. Instead of building a courthouse, the court authorized payment of $6 to John Finley, coroner and acting sheriff, for use of his house. The first murder trial that took place in that &ldquocourthouse&rdquo was that of Pierre Auguste Labaume, who was indicted and tried in March 1825 while Joseph Boring was serving as sheriff. The jurors returned a verdict of &ldquoNot guilty&rdquo and $227.75 in court costs were charged against the state.

In 1839 an act of the legislature ordered the county seat to be moved to Hillsboro, which was more centrally located, and $3,800 was appropriated for construction of a courthouse. The building was completed in April 1840. In 1841, a jail was built nearby at a cost of $1,500.

A case in the early 1850s revealed the mindset of that era. John, a slave, killed &ldquoFree Jack,&rdquo a free colored man, and was indicted for murder. He pled &ldquoguilty,&rdquo whereupon the court ordered that Sheriff James McColloch carry out the sentence of 39 stripes on his bare back. Jack, the free Negro, represented no value while John, the slave, did and his execution for the crime would have been the destruction of &ldquoproperty.&rdquo

The county&rsquos first reported rape took place in 1862 when James Edmonds and James Bridgeman went to a house where Mrs. Mary Massey her daughter, Margaret and other women were staying. Edmonds first threatened to shoot the women and when his comrade told him to leave them alone, Edmonds shot and kill him. Edmonds then forced the 12-year-old daughter to accompany him from the house and kept her out about three hours. The following day, Edmonds was arrested and charged. In January, he was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged by the neck by Sheriff Jerome &ldquoJ.B.&rdquo Dover until he was &ldquoDead! Dead! Dead!&rdquo

Following the hanging, carried out on an old oak tree, the sheriff submitted the following report: &ldquoThis execution came to hand March 3, 1863, and I executed the same on the 6th day of March 1863, by taking the body of the within named James Edmonds, and hanging him with a rope by the neck until he was dead! dead!! dead. and buried him near the Hillsboro graveyard, on the day above written, and this execution is returned satisfied in full. [Signed] Jerome B. Dover, sheriff.&rdquo

By 1863, when the population had grown to more than 10,000, it became necessary to construct new county buildings. In July 1865, the 40-foot-by-60-foot, two story courthouse and two story, six-cell jail with jailer&rsquos residence was completed at a cost of $16,500.73. A fireproof addition east of the courthouse was built in 1892 with a second-story connecting walkway. Then in the mid-1950s the county repaired, modernized and enlarged the courthouse even further at a cost of just under $300,000. Thomas E. Mirgain, who joined the sheriff&rsquos office in 1951, said the first police car radios were installed in 1956. That same year, Mirgain, who served 28 years before retiring as a major in 1979, established the county&rsquos first fingerprinting system.

He said things were different in those days. &ldquoPrisoners respected you, did what you said. A prisoner never tried to lay a hand on me during all that time,&rdquo he said, adding that while he was never forced to shoot a prisoner, he did fire warning shots over their heads.

There are two recorded escapes from the county jail. The first was in 1965 when a prisoner cut through a bar in his cell, soaped himself down and slipped through. Inmates then summoned Conrad Pillen, the lone officer on duty, and struck him from behind. Inmates who chose not to flee perhaps saved Pillen&rsquos life by administering first aid. Eight others escaped. Five were apprehended within a day the remaining three were caught the following Saturday. The second escape was in 1993 when a single prisoner, Kevin Hahn, escaped but was apprehended the same day.

Until the late 1960&rsquos the sheriff&rsquos office didn&rsquot have a sufficient number of deputies to handle large events or disasters so men and women with the Civil Defense Auxiliary Police units stepped in and, using their own vehicles and being equipped with a Citizen Band radio, assisted whenever and wherever they were needed.

Although 49 different sheriffs have served in Jefferson County, only one position was filled by a woman. After Sheriff Leo Church died while in office, his wife, Helen Church, was appointed to finish the one year remaining on his term. To date, Walter &ldquoBuck&rdquo Buerger, who was sheriff from 1965 to 1992, served the longest term. Sheriff Oliver &ldquoGlenn&rdquo Boyer, who ended his term on December 31, 2016, served for 24 years.

During Sheriff Boyer&rsquos tenure, the sheriff&rsquos office went through numerous changes. A renovation of the jail increased housing from 116 beds to 334. New communication and computer technology moved the office into the 21st century. Under Sheriff Boyer&rsquos guidance, in March 2005, the agency was awarded accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, an international independent accrediting authority recognizing professional excellence through commitment from all levels. In March 2014 the sheriff&rsquos office received its third re-accreditation.

Two centuries after it was established, the sheriff&rsquos office now serves a population of more than 224,000. Sheriff Dave Marshak was elected and took office on January 1, 2017 and continues the tradition of improving the sheriff&rsquos office through advancements in training, equipment and technology.

Sheriffs of St. Mary's County

The listed individuals have served as Sheriff of St. Mary's County:

1637/1638 to 1639 James Baldridge One
1638/1639 to 1641 Thomas Baldridge One
1641 to 1642 Cypian Thorowgood One
1642 to 1645 Edward Packer One
1646 to 1648 John Hatch One
1648 to 1649 William Tompson One
1649 to 1650 Philip Land One
1650 to 1653 Nicholas Gwyther One
1653 to 1654 John Metcalfe One
1654 to 1654 John Smith One
1654 to 1655 James Veitch One
1655 to 1657 Sampson Waring One
1657 to 1662 Nicholas Gwyther Second Term
1662 to 1663 Richard Willan One
1663 to 1664 William Evans One
1664 to 1665 Thomas Dent One
1665 to 1666 John Lawson One
1666 to 1667 Nicholas Young One
1667 to 1672 John Jarboe One
1672 to 1674 Luke Gardiner One
1674 to 1677 Clement Hill One
1677 to 1679 Gerrard Slye One
1679 to 1682 William Boarman, Sr. One
1682 to 1685 Joshua Doyne One
1685 to 1686 John Baker One
1686 to 1688 Garrett VanSwearingen One
1688 to 1689 Joshua Doyne Second Term
1689 to 1692 Robert Carse One
1692 to 1694 Robert Mason One
1694 to 1696 John Coode, Sr. One
1696 to 1698 Robert Mason Second Term
1698 to 1700 Henry Lowe One
1700 to 1702 Thomas Hatton One
1702 to 1704 James Hays One
1704 to 1707 John Coode, Jr. One
1707 to 1709 William Coode One
1709 to 1712 Kenelm Cheseldyne One
1712 to 1715 Henry Lowe, Jr. One
1715 to 1717 Kenelm Cheseldyne Second Term
1717 to 1720 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer One
1720 to 1723 Thomas Truman Greenfield One
1723 to 1726 Richard Hopewell One
1727 to 1729 John Baker One
1729 to 1732 George Mackall Clarke One
1732 to 1735 John Hicks One
1735 to 1738 Richard Hopewell Second Term
1738 to 1741 John Cartwright One
1741 to 1744 William Cartwright One
1744 to 1745 Philip Key One
1745 to 1748 Gilbert Ireland One
1748 to 1751 Robert Chesley One
1751 to 1755 Meverell Locke One
1755 to 1755 Philip Barton Key One
1755 to 1758 Meverell Locke Second Term
1758 to 1761 John Eden One
1761 to 1764 Normand Bruce One
1764 to 1767 Jeremiah Jordan One
1767 to 1770 Robert Watts One
1770 to 1773 Jenifer Taylor One
1773 to 1776 Hugh Hopewell One
1777 to 1778 James Mills One
1778 to 1782 Zachariah Forrest One
1782 to 1785 Samuel Abell, Jr. One
1785 to 1788 John Cartwright One
1788 to 1791 Philip Ford One
1791 to 1794 Francis Hammersley One
1794 to 1797 Samuel Abell, Jr. Second Term
1797 to 1800 Zachariah Forrest Second Term
1800 to 1803 Francis Millard One
1803 to 1806 James Cooke One
1806 to 1809 John McWilliams One
1809 to 1812 Joseph Gough One
1812 to 1815 Enoch Combs One
1815 to 1818 John Cole One
1818 to 1821 William T. Maddox One
1821 to 1824 James Hayden One
1824 to 1827 William Williams One
1827 to 1830 Thomas W. Morgan One
1830 to 1833 Benjamin G. Cole One
1833 to 1836 George H. Morgan One
1836 to 1839 Thomas W. Morgan Second Term
1839 to 1842 George W. Morgan One
1842 to 1845 Stephen H. Gough One
1845 to 1848 John Greenwell One
1848 to 1851 John B. Hayden One
1851 to 1852 James Johnson One
1852 to 1853 Clark J. Durant One
1853 to 1855 Clark J. Durant Second Term
1855 to 1857 Madrid P. Blakistone One
1857 to 1859 Thomas L. Davis One
1859 to 1861 James Thompson Yates One
1861 to 1863 Thomas L. Davis One
1863 to 1865 Philip H. Dorsey One
1865 to 1867 Francis M. Goddard One
1867 to 1868 Richard A. Clarke One
1868 to 1869 John F. Fenwick One
1869 to 1871 James R. Alvey One
1871 to 1873 Bennet R. Abell One
1873 to 1875 Benjamin G. Foxwell One
1875 to 1877 Bennet R. Abell Second Term
1877 to 1879 John Frank Smith One
1879 to 1881 William F. Ford One
1881 to 1883 William J. Wathen One
1883 to 1885 John F. Fenwick Second Term
1885 to 1887 John P. Greenwell One
1887 to 1889 John F. Ching One
1889 to 1891 Leo M. Wathen One
1891 to 1892 Francis X. Thompson One
1892 to 1893 Samuel Chapman Thompson One
1893 to 1895 Leo M. Wathen Second Term
1895 to 1897 James Oscar Jones One
1897 to 1899 Benedict B. Love One
1899 to 1901 William T. Bailey One
1901 to 1903 Francis X. Thompson Second Term
1903 to 1905 J. Wesley Freeman One
1905 to 1907 Oscar G. Wathen One
1907 to 1909 Henry C. Dent One
1909 to 1911 John B. Love One
1911 to 1913 Henry C. Dent Second Term
1913 to 1915 John B. Love Second Term
1915 to 1917 Daniel J. Bowles One
1917 to 1919 John B. Love Third Term
1919 to 1921 Daniel J. Bowles Second Term
1921 to 1923 William E. Clarke One
1923 to 1926 J. Gerald Abell One
1926 to 1930 William E. Clarke Second Term
1930 to 1934 Richard T. Hammett One
1934 to 1938 John B. Love Fourth Term
1938 to 1942 William E. Clarke Third Term
1942 to 1946 Howard V. Hammett One
1946 to 1950 Willard B. Long One
1950 to 1954 Willard B. Long Second Term
1954 to 1958 Robert B. Miedzinski One
1958 to 1962 Robert B. Miedzinski Second Term
1962 to 1966 Robert B. Miedzinski Third Term
1966 to 1970 Benjamin H. Burroughs, Jr. One
1970 to 1974 Lawrence Williams One
1974 to 1976 George Sanger One
1977 to 1978 Joseph L. Somerville, Sr. One
1978 to 1982 Joseph L. Somerville, Sr. Second Term
1982 to 1986 Wayne L. Pettit One
1986 to 1990 Wayne L. Pettit Second Term
1990 to 1994 Wayne L. Pettit Third Term
1994 to 1998 Richard J. Voorhaar One
1998 to 2002 Richard J. Voorhaar Second Term
2002 to 2006 David D. Zylak One
2006 to 2010 Timothy K. Cameron One
2010 to 2014 Timothy K. Cameron Second Term
2014 to 2018 Timothy K. Cameron Third Term
2018 to 2022 Timothy K. Cameron Fourth Term

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office ©

23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650 - (301) 475-8008

Detention and Rehabilitation Center
41880 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 - (301) 475-4200 x72200

District 1 Station
37575 Charlotte Hall School Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

District 3 Station
23125 Camden Way, California, MD 20619

District 4 Station
21633 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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