Sheriffs of Clark County, Wisconsin
The Clark County Sheriffs, 1859 - 1996.
After boundary difficulties were settled, Clark County legally became a county in 1853. For the first few years, sheriff duties were handled by the constables of Pine Valley Township. The first sheriff was elected in 1858. Following is a list of all the sheriffs who have served Clark County. Until recent years the sheriff and his family lived in the residence arrea of the jail (now the 1897 Jail Museum), and it was the duty of the sheriff and his wife to care for and feed the prisoners. The names of the live-in sheriffs appear in bold letters. If there is an available obituary, the sheriff's name is underlined and all other available information such as biographies, memories and photos will follow the individual's name and can be accessed by clicking on the desired URL.
1859 - 1860, Daniel Gates
1861 - Miles H. Murray (died and his replacement began service in May of 1861)
1861 - 1862, George W. King
1867 - 1868, William B. Berry;
1869 - 1870, W. S. Covill;
1871 - 1872, F. D. Lindsay;
1873 - 1874, Albert Brown; in the news;
1879 - 1889, James Houston;
1881 - 1882, Tom B. Philpott; biography;
1883 - 1884, Henry Myers; obituary;
1889 - 1890, J. W. Page; biography
1891 - 1892, R. M. Campbell; obituary;
1893 - 1894, James Warren Page;
1897 - 1898, James W. Page; death of his son;
1901 - 1902, Robert M. Campbell; in the news;
1907 - 1908, Sol. F. Jaseph; biography
1909 - 1910, Robert Eunson; daughter's marriage;
1911 - 1912, William F. Bradford
1915 - 1916, Louis Hantke; marriage;
1917 - 1918, Harry Hewett
1919 - 1920, M.M. Weaver; biography;
1921 - 1922, Ed. Kutchera
1923 - 1924, Louis Hantke
1925 - 1926, Ed. Kutchera
1929 - 1930, William F. Bradford
1931 - 1932, William F. Bradford
1933 - 1934, Herman J. Olson
1935 - 1936, Hal Richardson
1937 - 1938, Mats Madsen
1939 - 1940, Herman J. Olson
1941 - 1942, Herman J. Olson
1943 - 1944, Ray Kutsche
1945 - 1946, Herman J. Olson
1947 - 1948, Ray Kutsche
1949 - 1950, Ray Kutsche
1951 - 1952, Frank Dobes
1953 - 1954, Frank Dobes
1955 - 1956, Ray Kutsche
1957 - 1958, Ray Kutsche
1959 - 1960, Frank Dobes
1961 - 1962, Ray Kutsche
1963 - 1964, Ray Kutsche
1965 - 1978, David Bertz
(Live-in discontinued in 1974)
1975 - 1976, David Bertz
1977 - 1978, David Bertz
1979 - 1980, Harlan Sundermeyer (resigned mid-1980)
1980 - Dan Patey (served as interim sheriff and in Nov. 1980, David Bertz was ellected having won the electin for the ensuing term).
1980 - 1982, David Bertz
1983 - 1984, David Bertz
1985 - 1986, David Bertz
The jail cells of the 1897 building were used until mid - 1978. From Jan. 1975 until mid - 1978 the offices of the Law Enforcement Department occupied the residence area of the building.
This information was compiled by Harriette Hoesly.
1987 - 1988, Dallas Neville
1989 - 1990, Dallas Neveille
1991 - 1992, Dallas Neveille
1993 - 1994, Dale Olson
1995 - 1996, Dale Olson
**This list was originally compiled by Kevin Struensee and numerous additions have been made to it by the Clark County Genealogical Volunteers.
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