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  • History of the Sheriff's Office
    Updated On: Jan 05, 2009

    The Origin Of The Sheriff

     

    The origin of the Sheriff is traceable to the Office of the Sheriff and Constable of early English history. On Long Island, from 1664 to 1683, ridings were used to establish boundaries within the Shire. The East riding comprised the territory now occupied by SuffolkCounty. The West riding consisted of KingsCounty and Newtown (Queens). The remainder of Long Island belonged to the North riding. Collectively, the three ridings were called Yorkshire.

     

    The Governor appointed a “High Sheriff” for Yorkshire with a Deputy from each riding. In 1683, the ridings were abolished and the East riding became SuffolkCounty. The High Sheriff was no longer necessary being that each County would now have its own Sheriff. SuffolkCounty’s first Sheriff was Josiah Hobart in 1683.

     

    After the American Revolution, the practice of the Governor appointing a Sheriff continued and was incorporated into the first Constitution adopted in New York in 1777. At the Constitutional Convention in 1821, the appointed Office of the Sheriff was made elective. That year, Abraham Gardiner became SuffolkCounty’s first elected Sheriff.

     

    Today, the Sheriff of Suffolk County is elected to the term of four years.

     

    The Sheriffs Of Suffolk County
    325 years of continuous service

    Josiah Hobart

    1683

    Stephen Wilson

    1859

    John Mulford

    1701

    Daniel Osborn

    1862

    Hugh Gray

    1702

    George Smith

    1868

    John Brush

    1710

    J. Henry Perkins

    1871

    Daniel Youngs

    1718

    Egbert Lewis

    1874

    Samuel Dayton

    1723

    George Cooper

    1877

    William Sell

    1728

    Robert Petty

    1888

    Joseph Smith

    1730

    Selah Brewster

    1883

    David Corrie

    1731

    Henry Halsey

    1886

    Jacob Conklin

    1734

    Robert Petty

    1888

    Thomas Higbe

    1740

    A. M. Darling

    1891

    James Muirson

    1774

    Benjamin Wood

    1897

    Thomas Wickes

    1785

    J. Sheridan Wells

    1900

    Silas Halsey

    1787

    Henry Preston

    1903

    Thomas Wickes

    1791

    John Wells

    1906

    Phinaes Carll

    1799

    Charles Platt

    1909

    Josiah Reeve

    1803

    Melville Brush

    1912

    Phinaes Smith

    1807

    D. Henry Brown

    1913

    Josiah Reeve

    1808

    Charles O'Dell

    1914

    Benjamin Brewster

    1810

    Amza Biggs

    1917

    Josiah Reeve

    1811

    John Kelly

    1920

    Benjamin Brewster

    1812

    Amza Biggs

    1923

    Josiah Reeve

    1813

    Burton Howe

    1926

    Nathaniel Conklin

    1814

    Ellis Taylor

    1929

    Josiah Reeve

    1815

    Joseph Warta

    1932

    Samuel Carll

    1819

    William McCollom

    1935

    Abraham Gardiner

    1821

    Jacob Dreyer

    1938

    Samuel Smith

    1826

    John Levy

    1941

    Abraham Gardiner

    1829

    William McCollom

    1942

    Richard Smith

    1832

    Charles Dominy

    1957

    Silas Horton

    1835

    Frank Gross

    1962

    Samuel Miller

    1838

    Philip Corso

    1970

    David Brush

    1841

    Donald Dilworth

    1976

    Henry Penny

    1844

    John Finnerty

    1977

    David Rose

    1847

    Eugene Dooley

    1986

    John Clark

    1850

    Patrick Mahoney

    1990

    Samuel Phillips

    1855

    Alfred C. Tisch

    2002

    George Carman

    1856

     

     

    Vincent F. DeMarco - 2006 to Present

     


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