THE SHERIFF TODAY

There are over three thousand counties in the United States today and almost everyone of them has a Sheriff. In the majority of the states, the office of sheriff is established by the constitution. Most of the remaining states were established by an act of state legislature.

There are two states in which the Sheriff is not elected by the voters. In Rhode Island they are appointed by the Governor and in Hawaii deputy sheriffs serve the Department of Public Safety's Sheriff's Division.

Law Enforcement:

Most Sheriffs' offices have a responsibility for law enforcement, although the authority of the Sheriff varies from state to state, the Sheriff has the power to make arrests within his or her own county. Some states extend this authority to adjacent counties or the entire state. Many sheriffs' offices perform routine patrol functions such as traffic control, accident investigations, transport of prisoners, criminal investigations and some even have specialized activities.

Court Duties:

Sheriffs are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the court, taking charge of juries when outside of the courtroom, serving of court papers such as subpoenas, summons, warrants and civil process and prisoner extradition.

Jail Administration:

In some states the Sheriff is responsible for the operations of the county jail.

Tax Collection:

The Sheriff is also responsible for the collection of property taxes which is the same function that they served under the Kings in England.

SHERIFFS OF BRACKEN COUNTY

RUEBEN YOUNG

1798-1800

ROBERT DAVIS

1801-1803

RICHARD S. THOMAS

1804-1805

WILLIAM WOODWARD

1806-1807

ISAAC DAY

1808-1809

R. (RUDOLPH) BLACK

1810-1811

SAMUEL MERANDA

1812-1813

JOHN MCDOWELL

1814-1815

WILLIAM LOGAN

1816-1819

WILLIAM FIELD      

1820-1823

JOHN H. RUDD

1824-1827

 

ARTHUR THOME

1828-1831

 

NIMROD ROUTT

1832-1835

 

WILLIAM O. BLACKERBY

1836-1839

 

WILLIAM LURTEY

1840-1843

 

J.T. MCKIBBEN

1844-1847

 

JOHN ASKINS

1848-1851

 

PATRICK H. CLAYTON

1852-1855

 

D.A. WEAVER

1856-1859

 

WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS

1860-1863

 

JOHN W. BOWMAN

1864-1867

J.W. BOWMAN

1868-1871    

GEORGE L. BRADFORD

1870-1873

E. HAMM JR.

1874-1877

SIDNEY A. DONOVAN

JANUARY 1878-JUNE 1878

GEORGE L. BRADFORD

JULY 1878-1879

GEORGE S. ADAMSON

1880-1883

H. M. HARGETT

JANUARY 1884-AUGUST 1884

W. J. IRWIN

AUGUST 1884-1887

W. J. HOOK

1888-1891

THOMAS SHEEHY

1892-1895

G. HENRY FRONK

JANUARY 1896-OCTOBER 1896

 

MAURICE HOOK

NOVEMBER 1896-1899

ROBERT BREEZE

1900-1901

B. F. MCATEE

1902-1905

JOSHUA CUMMINS

1906-1909

THOMAS R. ROBERTSON

1910-1913

L.M. BROTHERS

1914-1917

C.F. ERNEST

1918-1921

EVERETT MOORE

1922-1925

GEORGE GIBSON

1926-1929

 

BRADY CASE

1930-1933

 

HENRY E. WOOD

1934-1937

 

W.R. BOUGHMAN

1938-1941

 

R.A. POAGE

1942-1945

 

TOM KINNEY

1946-1949

 

HAMER K. JETT

1950-1953

 

RALPH T. DEAN

1954-1957

 

KENNETH W. JETT

1958-1961

 

ROBERT “BOB” KELSCH

1962-1965

 

RALPH DEAN

1966-1969

 

DWAYNE “PIE” JETT

1970-1973

 

ROY A. JETT

1974-1977

 

DWAYNE “PIE” JETT

1978-1981

 

KENNETH H. GARRISON

1981-1984

 

MIKE NELSON

1985-2006  20 YEARS

 

CHARLES “CHUCK” RECHTIN

2007-2010

 

HOWARD W. NIEMEIER

2011- PRESENT

Remembering the Past and the Present

Bracken County Sheriff's Department

"Roots" An Historical Perspective of the Office of Sheriff

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