Sheriff

David C. Weeks

Sheriff

Duties:

  • It is the duty of the sheriff to serve or otherwise execute, according to law, and return writs or other legal process issued by lawful authority and directed or committed to the sheriff and to perform such other duties as may be required by law. The county sheriff shall prepare and file the required annual inventory statement of county personal property in his custody or possession.
  • It is the duty of the sheriff to apprehend and bring to court all felons and disturbers and violators of the criminal laws of this state, to suppress all riots, affrays, and unlawful assemblies and generally to keep the peace.
  • The sheriff shall exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred and imposed upon him by other statutes and by common law.
  • The sheriff shall endorse upon every summons, order of arest, order for the delivery of property, order of attachment, or injunction the day and hour it was received by him.
  • The sheriff is required to receive those lawfully committed to jail, and to keep them himself or by his deputy jailer, until discharged by law.
  • To execute process of law, the sheriff may call any person to their aid: and, when necessary may summon the power of the county.
  • The sheriff may appoint such number of deputies as he sees fit for whose acts he will be responsible. The sheriff may not appoint the county treasurer, clerk, register of deeds, or surveyor as deputy.
  • The sheriff shall attend upon the district court at its session in his county, shall be allowed the assistance of two deputies of such further number as the court may direct, and shall attend the sessions of the county court when required by the judge.
  • It shall be the duty of the sheriff by himself or deputy to preserve the peace in his county, to ferret out crime, to apprehend and arrest all criminals.