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Greenville, NC 27858

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HISTORY OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE

9th Century: The Office of Sheriff is actually rooted in English history, dating to the time prior to the Norman conquest of England, around the 9th century.

 

In early England, geographic areas were divided into units referred to as “Shires”. In each shire there was an individual who came to be known as the “Reeve”, or guardian of the shire. It was an informal role given by the local serfs to someone of trust. The King observed how influential these individuals became within the communities and soon incorporated the position into the formal government structure. The Reeve soon became the King’s appointed representative to protect his interest and act as mediator with the people of his shire. Through time and common usage the words Shire and Reeve blended together to be Shire-Reeve, or guardian of the shire, which eventually evolved into the word Sheriff, as we know it today.

 

1662:  The Office of Sheriff was first recognized in the area now known as North Carolina while under British rule in the year 1662. 

 

1776:  North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution established the Office of Sheriff in the new state, as recognized within the newly established nation. It was first established with a two-year term that later changed to four years. It has remained a Constitutional elected office since that time. It is the oldest public office in the state.

 

Much has changed since the early days but Sheriffs are still chosen by the people. Sheriffs are entrusted through their oaths of office to be the true guardians of their counties and a dedicated servant of the people as the chief law enforcement officer of the county.  The Sheriff reports directly to the citizens in the county he/she serves.

HISTORY OF THE SHERIFFS OF PITT COUNTY, NC

YEARS IN OFFICE      ELECTED SHERIFF    

 

2018 – Present           Sheriff Paula Stokes Dance 

2010 – 2018                Sheriff Neil Elks

1998 – 2010                Sheriff Mac Manning

1990 – 1998                Sheriff Billy L. Vandiford

1965 – 1990                Sheriff Ralph L. Tyson

1962 – 1965                Sheriff Arthur McGuire “Duke” Andrew

1943 – 1962                Sheriff Ruel W. Tyson

1938 – 1943                Sheriff J. Knott Proctor

1926 – 1938                Sheriff Sam A. Whitehurst

1922 – 1926                Sheriff Amos C. Jackson 

1918 – 1922                Sheriff Ernest R. Dudley

1914 – 1918                Sheriff Joseph McLawhorn

1910 – 1914                Sheriff Samuel Isaac Dudley

1904 – 1910                Sheriff Leon W. Tucker

1900 – 1904                Sheriff O’Jennings Wise Harrington

YEARS IN OFFICE      ELECTED SHERIFF    

1898 – 1900                Sheriff Guilford Mortimer Mooring 

1896 – 1898                Sheriff W. H. Harrington

1892 – 1896                Sheriff Richard Warren King

1888 – 1892                Sheriff J. A. K. Tucker

1882 – 1888                Sheriff William May King

1878 – 1882                Sheriff Allen Warren

1877 – 1878                Sheriff Guilford Mortimer Mooring

1874 – 1877                Sheriff Edmund A. Wilson 

1872 – 1874                Sheriff William A. Quinerly

1870 – 1872                Sheriff John F. Hellen

1868 – 1870                Sheriff John Foley

Unknown                     Sheriff Joseph H. Gray

Unknown                     Sheriff Josiah Hodges

1818 - 1820                 Sheriff Jesse Rountree 

1778                             Sheriff Benjamin Bowers

Research is ongoing, information will be updated as new data is gathered. 

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN PITT COUNTY AND FALLEN

May God bless them, their families, and their friends for their service and sacrifices.

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