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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


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Ohio Past  Sheriffs

History of Ohio Sheriffs

Allen County Past Holders of the Sheriff's Office

Past sheriffs of Allen County, Ohio 1831 to current. Also see: Allen County Jail History.

 

Alliance Police Department History

Features a nicely written history of the Alliance, Ohio Police Department and includes lists of past City Marshalls and Police Chiefs from 1872 to present day.

 

Athens County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Athens County between 1805 and present time.

 

Auglaize County Sheriff's History

History of the office of Sheriff.  Included is a list of past sheriffs of the Auglaize County's Sheriff Office 1848 to present time.

 

Belmont County Sheriffs

A list of past sheriffs of Belmont County, Ohio 1801-1902.

 

Butler County sheriff's Office History


Clark County Past Sheriffs 1818 to present

 

Columbiana County Sheriffs History

Features a list of all past sheriffs who served Columbiana County, OH 1803 to present.

 

Delaware County, Ohio Biographical Sheriff History

Features biographies and photos of all sheriffs who served Delaware County from 1808 to present time.

 

Fayette County Sheriff's Office History
Includes past sheriffs of Fayette County, Ohio for between years 1811 to present along with photos and history of the sheriff's office.

 

Franklin County 1st Sheriff  History  Wall of Honor

 

Guernsey County Hall of Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Guernsey County along with a brief history of the department and history of the Guernsey county jail.

 

Hancock County Past Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department from 1828-1997.

 

Highland County Past Sheriffs

Sheriffs serving Highland County 1896 to present.

 

Hocking County Past Sheriffs.

List of sheriffs who served in Hocking County, Ohio 1818 to present time.

Holmes County Past Sheriffs 1825 to present
Includes some histories and early photos.

 

Knox County Past Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs of Knox County 1883 to present time.

 

Lake County Sheriffs History

Brief history of the office of sheriff along with a list of Lake County Ohio Sheriffs beginning in 1840.

 

Licking County Sheriff History

Includes some information about the history of law enforcement in Licking County, Ohio.

Lorain County Sheriff History

History of the Sheriff's Office from 1824 to present time.  Lists all past sheriffs with early photos and some old county jail photos.

 

Mahoning County Sheriffs History

Features a list of past sheriffs of Mahoning County, Ohio 1850 to now.

 

Mahoning County Officials

A list of officials in Mahoning County from the county's organization in 1846 to the early 1900s.  Includes past sheriffs.

 

Medina County Past Sheriffs 1818 to present


Mercer County Past Sheriffs 1825 to present
Also see: History of the Mercer County Jail

 

Muskingum County Sheriff History

Features a list of past sheriffs who served Muskingum County, Ohio from 1804 to present day.

 

Pickaway County Sheriffs History

Features a brief history of the department along with a list of past sheriffs 1810 to present time.

Sheriffs of Pickaway County

Located at Rootsweb, the page features a list of past sheriffs from 1810 to present.

Pike County Past Sheriffs 1815 to present
Includes some photos.

 

Preble County Sheriff's Office History

Features a nice history of the Preble County Sheriff's Office, Jail and includes a list of past sheriffs 1808 to present.

 

Ross County Officers and Jurors 1805-1806 in Deerfield Township

 

Seneca County Past Sheriffs 1824 to present
Includes some brief history of the Seneca County Sheriff's Office.

 

Seneca County Sheriffs

Located at Genealogy Trails, the site features a lit of past sheriffs of Seneca County from 1824 to present day.

 

Shelby County Sheriff's History

Features a comprehensive list of past sheriffs 1819 to present along with a history of the Shelby County Jail.

Stark County - History of the Sheriff Past and Present
Includes past sheriffs, jail history and other information about the Stark County Sheriff's Office.

 

Union County Sheriffs

History of past sheriffs 1820 to present day along with historical information about the office of sheriff and the first county jail. Also see Fallen Heroes of Union County.

 

Union County Past Sheriffs

Located at Genealogy Trails, it features a list of Sheriffs of Union County from 1820 to present day.

 

Van Wert County Former Sheriffs
Includes past sheriffs of Van Wert County, Ohio for years 1839 to present along with some history of the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office.

Warren County Past Sheriffs 1803 to present

 

Wood County - Sheriffs of Wood County, Ohio

 

Wood County Sheriffs

Some history of the Wood County Jail along with a list of past sheriffs from 1902-1989.

Oklahoma Past Sheriffs

 

Caddo County Sheriffs of the Past

A brief list of past sheriffs in Caddo County, OK along with lists of other past county officials.

Also see:

Caddo County Official 1901-1950.

Caddo County Lawmen & Outlaws.

 

Carter County Past Sheriffs

Lists all former sheriffs with linked photographs.  Also includes a history page..

 

Chickasaw Nation - Salaries of officials in 1876.

Features a list of early officials of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory and the salaries approved per year in 1876.

 

Cleveland County Sheriffs History

Photos of past sheriffs who served in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

 

Day County Officials

Old Day County, Oklahoma Territory officials are listed for years 1892-1907. Includes sheriffs.

 

Enid Past Police Chiefs

Lists all former marshals and police chiefs in Enid, Oklahoma 1893 to present.

 

Garfield County Officials for 1907 & 1912.

Lists all Garfield County officials for 1907 & 1912 including sheriffs and other law enforcement officers.

 

Gradty County Sheriffs

Located at Genealogy Trails.  Lists past sheriffs of Grady County for years 1907-1989.

Also See:

Grady County Sheriffs at Rootsweb.

 

Jackson County Early Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails.  Lists the earliest officials including sheriffs.

 

Kay County Officials

Lists all Kay County Officials for years 1893-1918.  Includes early sheriffs of Kay County, OK.

 

Latimer County Early Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails, the site lists the earliest officials of Latimer County, OK including past sheriffs.

 

Marshall County Early Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails, the site lists the earliest officials of Marshall County, OK including past sheriffs.

 

McClain County Sheriffs

Includes a list of former sheriffs in McClain County with links to biographies of some.

Also See:

Early Law Enforcement Officers of Purcell, OK

McClain County Marshalls & Police Officers of the Past

 

McCurtain County Early Elected Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails.  Features a list of the earliest county officials of McCurtain County, Oklahoma including sheriffs.  Covers years 1906-1918.

 

Murray County Past Sheriffs

Includes a complete list of past sheriffs in Murray County 1890-2000.

 

Oklahoma County Sheriffs History

Features a brief history along with a great list of past sheriffs who served Oklahoma County.

 

Oklahoma Lawmen
Includes judges, marshals, deputies, police officers and possemen of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.

 

Oklahoma's First Deputy Marshalls

Historic photo of the first United States Deputy Marshalls sworn into duty for the Northern District of the Indian Territory in 1897.  Includes names.

 

Texas County Early Officials

Features a lit of the earliest officials of Texas County, OK including the office of sheriff.

 

Tulsa Police Department History

Well done, extensive history includes a list of marshals and chiefs of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department with lots of old photos.

 

U.S. Marshals History in the Northern District of Oklahoma

Provides a list of all former U.S. Marshals of Indian Territory, Oklahoma Territory and the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1889 to present day.

 

Washita County Early Officials

Features a lit of the earliest officials of Washita County, OK including the office of sheriff.

Oregon Past Sheriffs

A History of the Oregon Sheriffs 1841-1991

Published by the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, this site provides great coverage of past sheriffs, history of the county offices and some fantastic photos of early sheriffs along with  some history of law enforcement in the early days of Oregon.

 

Benton County Sheriffs Office History

 

Clackamas County Past Sheriffs

Sheriffs of Clackamas County, Oregon   1845 to Present.

1845 to 1852           William Livingston Holmes
1852 to 1853           William C. Dement
1853 to 1855           William Livingston Holmes
1855 to 1857           Septimus Heulat
1857 to 1859           Almond Holcomb
1859 to 1860           Lewis Day W. H.
1860 to 1862           John Towson Thomas
1862 to 1868           William P. Burns
1868 to 1870           John Myers
1870 to 1872           Arthur Warner
1872 to 1874           Absalom Fouts Hedges
1874 to 5/1878       John T. Apperson
5/1878 to 7/1878    Thomas M. Miller
7/1878 to 1882       John G. Pillsbury
1882 to 1884           Adolphus Schoeps
1884 to 1888           William Knight
1888 to 1892           William W. H. Samson
1892 to 1894           Charles W. Ganong
1894 to 1896           Eli Cook Maddock
1896 to 1898           George W. Grace
1898 to 1902           John J. Cooke
1902 to 4/1906       John R. Shaver
4/1906 to 1911       Robert Breckenridge Beatie
1911 to 1915          Ernest T. Mass
1915 to 1925          William J. Wilson
1925 to 1941          Ernest T. Mass
1941 to 1957          Noble Fred Reaksecker
1957 to 1977         Joseph Everett Shobe
1977 to 1981         John R. Renfro
1981 to 1983         Paul McAllister
1983 to 1993         Bill Brooks (aka. Marcus William Brooks) retired
Jan 1, 1993 to Dec. 31, 2000         Risley (Ris) Bradshaw
Jan 1, 2001 to Jan 1, 2005         Henry Patrick Detloff
2005 to present    Craig Roberts

 

Clatsop County Past Sheriffs
Includes Clatsop County, OR past sheriffs 1845 to present.

 

Deschutes County Sheriffs

Features an informational list of past sheriffs of Deschutes County, Oregon 1916 to present time.

 

Douglas County Past Sheriffs

Includes past sheriffs 1853 to present with some great photos.

 

Josephine County Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs of Josephine County, Oregon 1856 to present.

 

Lane County Sheriff's Office History & Past Sheriffs

Lists past sheriffs 1851 to present day along with historical information and photos.

 

Lincoln County Sheriffs History

Features a history from the date of establishment in 1893 to present time with historic photos of past sheriffs.

 

Linn County - Albany Public Servants 1865-1878

Taken from the 1878 Albany City Directory, sheriffs are included in this list of county officials.

 

Linn County Sheriffs

List of all sheriffs of Linn County, Oregon from 1848 to 1991.  The site includes some great photos.

 

Linn County Sheriffs 1849-1908

Listed at Genealogy Trails.

 

Malheur County Sheriffs History

Features an interesting history page with past sheriffs of Malheur County 1887 to present.

 

Oregon U.S. Marshals History

Listing of all past U.S. Marshals in Oregon 1842 to present day along with a brief historical summary.

 

Sherman County Sheriffs

Lists sheriffs of Sherman County from 1889 to 1960.

 

Tillamook County Former Sheriffs

Features past sheriffs 1854 to present day.  Also see a brief history of the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department.

 

Umatilla County Sheriffs History

Extensive historical information about the Sheriff's Office along with past sheriffs and marshals who served.

 

Washington County Sheriff's Office History

A very in-depth history featuring much information about law enforcement and historic criminals.

 

Wheeler County Sheriffs 1841-1991

Great page lists past sheriffs, brief bios and some photos.

Pennsylvania Past Sheriffs

Adams County Prior Sheriffs (PDF File)

Lists prior sheriffs 1920 to present day with complete list of current staff.  Also see a brief history of Adams County Law Enforcement.

 

Beaver County Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails, the page features a list of county officials including sheriffs, judges, prothonotories, clerks, attornies, commissioners and other officials from 1803 to 1903.

 

Berks County, Pennsylvania Sheriffs Office History
Includes past sheriffs 1850 to present in Berks County, PA.

 

Columbia County Sheriff's History

View a list of all former sheriffs in Columbia County between 1814 and present day.

 

Delaware County Sheriffs Historical Listing

Complete list of past sheriffs 1789 to 2003 in Delaware County, PA.

 

Elk County Past Sheriffs

Features a list of all past sheriffs in Elk County 1924 to current.

 

Erie County Elected Sheriffs

Nicely compiled list of all elected sheriffs of Erie County, Pennsylvania which begins in 1803.

 

Lawrence County Chronology of Sheriffs

A complete list of former sheriffs of Lawrence County, PA beginning in 1849.

 

Lehigh County Officials

Located at Genealogy Trails, the page features a list of county officials including sheriffs, judges, prothonotories, clerks, attornies, commissioners and other officials from 1812-1902.

 

Montgomery County Sheriffs

Complete list of past sheriffs who served Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 1784 to present day.

 

Venango County Sheriffs

Provides a list of past sheriffs of Venango County, Pennsylvania from 1805 through 1890 and a list of early constables and justices from 1796 through 1828.

Rhode Island Past Sheriffs

U.S. Marshals of Rhode Island

Listing of all U.S. Marshals 1790 - 2002 for the District of Rhode Island.

South Carolina Past Sheriffs

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office - 200 Years of History

History page detailing the early days of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.  Includes list of all past sheriffs 1781 to present time.

 

Cherokee County Government Officials

This list includes all county officials elected from 1897 to the mid 1930s.

 

Cherokee County Sheriffs

Features a list of past sheriffs of Cherokee County, SC 1897 to present.

 

Chesterfield County Sheriffs

Allen Chapman                            1787

Joel Bullard                                   1798

William Rogers                            1800

William Chapman                       1808

Stephen Jackson                        1851-1855

James Johnson                          1859

Daniel Douglas                           1866-1867

James Johnson                          1867-1868

P. F. Stafford                                 1868-1887

E. T. King                                       1887-1889

D. B. Douglas                               1889-1906

D. "Press" Douglas                     1906-1920

Jim Thomas Grant, Sr.                1921-1928

J. S. Campbell                              Jan. 1929-1930 May

Jim Thomas Grant, Sr.                May 1930-1931 Dec.

Floyd Samuel "Jack" Douglas   Jan. 1931-1946 Dec.

J. Edward Kirkley                          Jan. 1947-1958 Aug.

Almyra Kirkley   (Ed's widow)      Aug. 1958-1959 Jan. 1st

Don D. Hill                                      1 Jan. 1959-1974 July 26

Margie C. Hill   (Don's widow      2 Aug. 1974-1975 Jan. 10

Ralph Freeman                             10 Jan. 1975-1995 Jan.

Kenny Welch                                  1 Jan. 1995-2003 Jan. 1st

Sam Parker                                    1 Jan. 2003-

** Sheriffs of Chesterfield County, SC, compiled in 1981 by Walter R. Burr Jr. with 1995 to present updates submitted by Johnny Hill Feb. 2010.

Also see History of Chesterfield County and Chesterfield County Sheriffs.

 

Horry County Sheriffs Office History

Features a brief history of the Horry County Sheriff's Office and a list of past sheriffs of Horry County, SC.

 

Laurens County Previous Sheriffs

List of all sheriffs in Laurens County, SC 1785 to present.  Includes some old photos of sheriffs along with some interesting photos about bootleg whiskey.  Also see the Memorial Page.

 

Lexington County Sheriffs History

Brief history of the Lexington County sheriff's office includes a list of all past sheriffs 1806 to present time.

 

Orangeburg County Sheriffs Office History

Features a nicely written history of the Orangeburg County Sheriffs Office complete with a list of past sheriffs 1772 to present with many photos.

 

Richland County Sheriff's Department History  (PDF File)

Includes a list of past sheriffs spanning 1787-2006.

 

South Carolina - History of U. S. Marshals in the District of South Carolina

Comprises a lit of all U.S. Marshals of South Carolina from 1789 to 2002.

 

Spartanburg County Sheriffs Office History

Features some historical information and events which occurred in the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office and a listing of past sheriffs of the county.  Also see Fallen Heroes.

South Dakota Past Sheriffs

Clay County Past Sheriffs

Great list of all former sheriffs 1862 - 2005 in Clay County, SD.  Includes photos.  Also see Clay County Past Deputies.

 

Custer County Sheriffs History

Presents a brief history of the Custer County, SD Sheriff's Office.

 

Day County Sheriffs History

The brief history recounts past sheriffs of Day County, South Dakota from 1887 to present day.

 

Hand County Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs in Hand County, SD for years 1882-1979.

 

Lyman County Public Officials

Lists sheriffs, clerks, judges and other County Government officials who served in Lyman County, South Dakota from 1903-1988.

 

Madison Police Department Past Chiefs

Features a list of past Village Marshals and Past Chiefs of Police who served the Madison, SD Police Department along with some historical photos.

 

Mobridge Police Department History

Excellent page of detailed history includes past police officers, chiefs, marshals and constables with some great historic photos.

 

Turner Count Past Sheriffs (PDF File)

List of past sheriffs.  They need your help with photos.

 

U. S. Marshals of South Dakota

Lists all U.S. Marshals in SD 1861 to present day.

 

Union County Sheriff's Office History

Very brief history of the Union County Sheriff's Office.

 

Yankton County, South Dakota and Dakota Territory Past Sheriffs

List of past sheriffs 1862 to present time plus historical information about the SD Office of Sheriff.

 


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