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 Jefferson County Illinois
Sheriffs

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The first Sheriffs served a two-year term and could succeed themselves.
In 1876 this was changed to a four-year term and the Sheriff was not to succeed himself.
The new Illinois Constitution, ratified in 1976, changed this again stating that a Sheriff
could succeed himself.

Order of service

Name

Began Term

End Term

Additional
Info

1. Lewis Watkins 1818 1824 3 two year terms
2. W. L. Howell  1824 1826  
3. Nicholas Wren  1826 1828  
4. James Bowman 1828 1842 7 two year terms
5. W.J.Stephenson 1842 1848 3 two year terms
6. Wiley Piper  1848 1850  
7. J. R. Satterfield 1850 1852  
8. William Dodds 1852 1856  
9. John R. Allen 1854 1856  
10. James Wescott 1856 1858  
11. John Bagwell 1858 1860  
12. C.G. Vaughn 1860 1862  
13. J.B. Goodrich 1862 1864  
14. C.G. Vaughn 1864 1866  
15. William Dodds 1866 1868  
16. W. E. Coffey  1868 1874 3 two year terms
17. J. B. Goodrich  1874 1876  
18. George W. Yost 1876 1882 1 two year term & 1 four year term
19. Thomas M. Gray  1882 1886  
20. Sam Cooper 1886 1890  
21. Thomas M. Gray 1890 1894  
22. John R. Ward 1894 1898  
23. Tom E. Manion 1898 1902  
24. Sam S. Howe 1898 1906  
25. Grant Irvin 1906 1910  
26. W.S. Payne 1910 1914  
27. Tom Pasley 1914 1918  
28. Grant Holcomb 1918 1919 12-18-1918 to 10-1919
29. Grant Irvin 1919 1922 10-1919 to 12-1922
30. Grant Holcomb 1922 1926  
31. T. Hal Smith 1926 1930  
32. Bill Groves 1930 1934  
33. Clyde Mitchell 1934 1938  
34. Arthur Owens 1938 1942  
35. Glenn Murphy 1942 1946  
36. Chris Johnson 1946 1950  
37. Roy Taylor 1950 1954  
38. Leonard"Smokey" Wood 1954 1958  
39. Robert Ruddick 1958 1962  
40. Dewey E. Barton 1962 1966  
41. Robert Ruddick 1966 1970  
42. Dayton Harlan 1970 1974  
43. Bill Hill 1974 1978  
44. Bob D. Pitchford 1978 5-4-1993 Died in Office
45. Roy Dean Bradford 6-1993    
46. Roger Mulch   current  

Submitted By: Cindy Ford



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