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History of the Office of Sheriff


The Office of Sheriff is one of antiquity. It is the oldest law enforcement office known within the common - law system and it has always been accorded great dignity and high trust. For the most part, the Office of Sheriff evolved of necessity for the Sheriff. There would have been no need for the development of police administration, criminology, criminalists, etc. This is not the case, however. Man learned quite early that all is not orderly in the universe. All times and all places have generated those who covet the property of their neighbors and who are willing to expropriate this property by any means.

Sheriff's Office History
Duties and Responsibilities

Previous Clay County Sheriffs


 1859 - Henry Brockschink
 1860 - 1861 W.R. Blain
 1864 - 1865 R.C. Crego
 1866 - 1867 George C. Kindelsperyer
 1868 - 1869 David Watts
 1870 - Thomas C. Dodd
 1871 - John Copper
 1872 - 1875 Albert Wheeler
 1876 - 1879 John E. Francis

 1880 - 1881 J.R. Patterson
 1882 - 1892 P.W. Madden
 1892 - F.W. Mack (Vacancy Fill)
 1893 - 1901 J.B. Lewis
 1902 - 1906 J.H. Prince
 1907 - 1908 C.M. Pinnio
 1909 - 1912 W.R. Price
 1913 - 1927 John M. Lidman
 1928 - 1945 Fred Erickson

 1946 - 1949 Elmer F. Zinn
 1950 - 1962 Thoral All
 1962 - 1963 Joseph Goodno
 1963 - 1975 Boyd Bushey
 1976 - 1988 Philip W. Nelson
 1989 - 2000 Larry J. Stanislav
 2001 - 2016 Randy Krukow
 2016 - Current Chris Raveling