History of the County Sheriff
The Office of Sheriff was created in 1792 when the first Sheriff was appointed by Northwest Territorial Governor St. Clair. Under the 1802 Ohio Constitution the office became an elective post; the original two - year term was extended to four years in 1936.
The duties of the Sheriff have remained unchanged since the creation of the office. The Sheriff is required to attend the court of common pleas, court of appeals, county court, and upon request, the probate court. In addition to insuring that order is maintained throughout these court proceedings, the Sheriff is empowered to adjourn the court of common pleas if the judge fails to appear, and the court of appeals if a quorum is lacking.
Presently, the Sheriff serves all warrants, writs, subpoenas, and other orders from the court of common pleas, court of appeals, county court, juvenile court, and probate court. Warrants issued by the governor are executed by the Sheriff's Office, which also serves writs and subpoenas issued by various state officials and boards.
In 1805 the Ohio General Assembly defined additional duties of the Sheriff: to preserve the peace by suppressing riots, unlawful assemblies, and insurrections; to act as the official custodian of the county jail; to apprehend and incarcerate all felons and traitors; to serve as county executioner (until 1886); to enforce the election laws at the request of the board of elections or the secretary of state; to be present at all drawings of jurors; and to serve notice upon jurors.
Today the Sheriff possesses jurisdiction coextensive with the county boundaries, including all municipalities, the Sheriff and Mayor hold equal authority as law enforcement officers under state law. While most of the county Sheriff's records are open to the public, those dealing with probation and parole are closed according to section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Sheriff's of the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office
Since the establishment of Auglaize County in 1848, the following Sheriff's have held Office:
|John Elliot ||1848 to 1850 |
|Michael Miller ||1851 to 1854 |
|John Mertz ||1855 to 1858 |
|William Wise ||1859 to 1862 |
|M. Mouch ||1862 to 1866 |
|William Wehrman ||1867 to 1870 |
|Frederick Kohler ||1871 to 1872 |
|Theodore Dickman ||1873 to 1876 |
|Frederick Kohler ||1877 to 1880 |
|John Distelrath ||1881 to 1884 |
|T.B. Baker ||1885 to 1886 |
|William Schulenberg ||1887 to 1889 |
|Nicholas Shubert ||1890 to 1892 |
|Charles Nichols ||1893 to 1896 |
|Charles Hauss ||1897 to 1900 |
|W.L. Melching ||1901 to 1904 |
|August Smith ||1905 to 1908 |
|William Lear ||1909 to 1912 |
|James Shockey ||1913 to 1916 |
|Ora Hinton ||1917 to 1920 |
|Bob Ewing ||1921 to 1924 |
|Marion Vermillion ||1925 to 1928 |
|Harve Russell ||1929 to 1932 |
|W.E. Kelley ||1933 to 1936 |
|Wm. V. Nieter ||1937 to 1952 |
|Robert L. Davison ||1953 to 1964 |
|James M. Knoch ||1965 to 1988 |
|Larry R. Longsworth ||1989 to 2005 |
|Allen F. Solomon ||2005 to Present |
Page Last Modified: December 19, 2008