Sheriff's Office

2727 Rodd St
Midland, MI 48640

Ph: (989) 839-4600
Fax: (989) 631-9478
Map and Directions



Midland County > Sheriff's Office > Sheriff's Office History Text Size A | A | A | A

The First Sheriff in Midland County

(MIDLAND COUNTY ORIGINALLY ORGANIZED IN 1850; OFFICIALLY ORGANIZED IN 1855)

The first Sheriff of Midland County was D.G.W. Whitney. He served as Sheriff for 4 years from 1855 to 1858.

Midland had two Sheriffs who served in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. They were Sheriff Benjamin F. Keating, who attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant during the Civil War and served as Sheriff from 1869 to 1870. Jerome W. Blackmar's highest rank attained during the Civil War is unknown and he served as Sheriff of Midland County from 1893 to 1896.

MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFFS

1855-1858

 

D. G.   W. Whitney

1859-1860

 

L. K.   Townsend

1861-1862

 

Horace   M. Ellsworth

1863-1864

 

George   Parcher Bartlett

1865-1868

 

Alfred   Avery

1869-1870

 

Benjamin   F. Keating

1871-1874

 

Alfred   Avery

1875-1878

 

Charles   Oscar

1879-1882

 

John J.   Ryan

1883-1884

 

Michael   W. Ryan

1885-1886

 

John   Haley

1887-1890

 

Michael   W. Ryan

1891-1892

 

Justus "Chet" Thorington

1893-1896

 

Jerome   W. Blackmar

1897-1900

 

John   Madill

1901-1904

 

William   Dunning

1905-1908

 

Martin   H. Ryan

1909-1912

 

John P.   Lee

1913-1914

 

Martin   H. Ryan

1915-1918

 

James   H. McKeith

1919-1922

 

Martin   H. Ryan

1923-1926

 

Thomas   A. Bailey

1927-1932

 

William   S. Day

1933-1934

 

George   Venner

1935-1962

 

Ira M.   Smith

1963-1976

 

William   E. Maxwell (1)

1976-1976

 

William   H. Dehn (2)

1976-1990

 

James   Roger McNutt (3) (4)

1991-2004

 

John S.   Reder (5)

2005-2012

 

Jerry   Nielsen

2013-PRESENT

 

Scott   Stephenson

(1) Resigned under charges, Feb 2, 1976.

(2)Undersheriff appointed Feb 3, 1976 to Feb 20, 1976.
(3) Appointed, Feb 20, 1976
(4) Resigned, Dec 31, 1990. (Elected to the MI House of Representatives)
(5) Appointed, Jan 1, 1991

 




Saturday, July 26th, 2014 09:10 AM EDT