Here are a few facts about former Sheriff's of Henry County.
- Joseph Fields was the first Sheriff and was appointed by the Governor in 1835. His deputy, Nathan Fields became acting Sheriff when Joseph Fields died in 1836. The Office of Sheriff was a two-year term until 1905 when it became the four-year term that it is today. Most Sheriff’s were elected for two terms and served a total of four years.
- The first elected Sheriff was Robert Allen in 1837. For more information regarding the first Sheriff, click here.
- The Office of Sheriff and Collector were combined until 1872. The Collector then became a part of the County Treasurer ’s Office.
- The longest tenured Sheriff was Wilbur R. Schmidt, serving Henry County for 20 years from 1961 through 1980.
The following is a list of all former Sheriff's of Henry County.
|Sheriff's Name||Years||Extra notes|
|Joseph Fields||1835-1836||Not elected; was appointed|
|Nathan Fields||1836-1837||Appointed after death of Joseph Fields in 1836|
|Phillip J. Buster||1840-1841||Served one year|
|William R. Owen||1841-1844|
|William R. Taylor||1849-1850|
|John M. Van Hoy||1851|
|Dewit C. Stone||1854|
|William R. Taylor||1858|
|Jasper N. Coats||1862||Resigned|
|Samuel K. Williams||1863|
|James M. Miller||1866|
|Henry T. Dodson||1868|
|David T. Terry||1873-1876||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|William B. Calvird||1877-1880||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|Ambrose B. Hopkins||1881-1884||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|William J. Elliston||1885-1888||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|James H. Calloway||1889-1892||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|James. E. Bennett||1893-1896||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|Jerry G. Calloway||1897-1900||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|Isaac Adair||1901-1904||Elected twice (2 year terms)|
|Jesse D. Hall||1905-1908|
|J.D. King||1909-1912||Acting in 1909|
|John C. Pepper||1913-1916|
|Warren T. Runner||1917-1920|
|Glen E. Runner||1921-1924|
|Jay Markle||1925-1928||Lived in Urich|
|Sterlin V. Harness||1933-1936|
|Robert M. Eberting||1945-1952||Served two, four year terms|
|Everett W. Austin||1953-1956|
|Lawrence W. Sartin||1957-1960|
|Wilbur R. Schmidt||1961-1980||Served five, four year terms|
|Peter R. Werner||1981-1984|
|Jerome H. Wareham||1985-1992||Served two, four year terms|
|Jack M. Reynolds||1993-1996|
|J. Kent Oberkrom||1997-Present|