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 History of the Sheriff


Where did the title of Sheriff come from, what is it's word origin, what were the duties of the sheriff at it's inception compared to what they are today?  Who was the first Sheriff of Pendleton County and when was the office established and how has the Office of Pendleton County Sheriff evolved over the years?

Mention the word “sheriff” and many people’s minds will fill immediately with the images of shootouts and gunfights in the Wild West.

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

This page is designed to give you a brief understanding of the Office of Sheriff and when and where the office originated from in the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Pendleton County.