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History of Sheriffs

County of Suffolk Incorporated in 1643

During the colonial period there was no officer bearing the title of Sheriff until 1688. The office of Sheriff later became an elected position in the year 1855.

The following persons have served as Sheriff of Suffolk County under the Province Charter and/or under the Constitution:

 

NAME DATES ADDL. INFO
Steven W. Tompkins 2013- present First appointed by Governor Patrick
Andrea J. Cabral 2002-2013 First appointed by Governor Swift
Richard J. Rouse 1996-2002  
Robert C. Rufo 1987-1996  
Dennis J. Kearney 1977-1987  
Thomas S. Eisenstadt 1969-1977  
John W. Sears 1968-1969  
Frederick R. Sullivan 1944-1968  
John F. Dowd 1938-1944  
John A. Keliher 1920-1938  
John Quinn, Jr. 1915-1920  
Fred H. Seavey 1909-1915  
John B. Moran 1905-1909  
John B. O'Brien 1883-1905  
John M. Clark 1855-1883  
Joseph Eveleth 1853-1855  
Henry Crocker 1852-1853  
Joseph Eveleth 1839-1852  
Charles Pickney Sumner 1825-1839  
Joseph Hall 1818-1825  
Samuel Bradford 1809-1818  
Jeremiah Allen 1791-1809  
Joseph Henderson 1780-1791  
William Greenleaf 1775-1780  
Stephen Greenleaf 1757-1775  
Benjamin Pollard 1743-1757  
Edward Winslow 1728-1743  
William Payne 1715-1728  
William Dudley 1714-1715  
William Payne 1714-1714  
William Dudley 1713-1714  
Giles Dyer 1702-1713  
Samuel Gookin 1692-1702  

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