What is sheriff?

  • (noun): The principal law-enforcement officer in a county.


In principle, a sheriff is a legal official with responsibility for a county. In practice, the specific combination of legal, political, and ceremonial duties of a sheriff varies greatly from country to country.

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Sheriff - Modern Usage - United States
... In the United States, a sheriff is generally, but not always, the highest law enforcement officer of a county ... A sheriff is in most cases elected by the population of the county ... The sheriff is always a county official and may serve as the arm of the county court (but these may be called marshals) ...
Frank S. Leffingwell - Early Life
... Leffingwell joined the Benton County police force and became deputy Sheriff in 1898 ... he ran in a 3 way election for the position of Sheriff as the Democrat candidate ... He won the hotly contested race by 119 votes to become Benton County's new Sheriff defeating incumbent Democrat Sheriff Andrew LaVoie ...
Thomas Lafayette Houchins Jr.
... (November 2, 1923, Oakland, CA – February 13, 2005, Castro Valley, CA) was sheriff for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office of Alameda County, California from 1975 to 1979 ... He gained some notoriety as a tough sheriff in his dealings with Berkeley, California protestors in the 1960s ... His policing style then, while serving under then-sheriff Frank Madigan, was described as "kick ass and take names" by Sheriff Charles Plummer (who ...
High Sheriff Of Rutland
... This is a list of High Sheriffs of Rutland ... The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown there has been a Sheriff of Rutland since 1129 ... Formerly the High Sheriff was the principal law enforcement officer in the county but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the post have ...
High Sheriff Of Yorkshire
... The High Sheriff of Yorkshire was an ancient High Sheriff title originating in the time of the Angles, not long after the invasion of the Kingdom of ... A list of the sheriffs from the Norman conquest onwards can be found below ... The sheriffs were responsible for the maintenance of law and order and various other roles ...

Famous quotes containing the word sheriff:

    The man’s an M.D., like you. He’s entitled to his opinion. Or do you want me to charge him with confusing a country doctor?
    —Robert M. Fresco. Jack Arnold. Sheriff Jack Andrews (Nestor Paiva)