Sheriff's Office History

The origin of the Sheriff is traceable to the Office of the Sheriff and Constable of early English history. On Long Island, from 1664 to 1683, ridings were used to establish boundaries within the Shire. The East riding comprised the territory now occupied by Suffolk County. The West riding consisted of Kings County and Newtown (Queens). The remainder of Long Island belonged to the North riding. Collectively, the three ridings were called Yorkshire.

The Governor appointed a “High Sheriff” for Yorkshire with a Deputy from each riding. In 1683, the ridings were abolished and the East riding became Suffolk County. The High Sheriff was no longer necessary being that each County would now have its own Sheriff. Suffolk County’s first Sheriff was Josiah Hobart in 1683.

After the American Revolution, the practice of the Governor appointing a Sheriff continued and was incorporated into the first Constitution adopted in New York in 1777. At the Constitutional Convention in 1821, the appointed Office of the Sheriff was made elective. That year, Abraham Gardiner became Suffolk County’s first elected Sheriff.

Today, the Sheriff of Suffolk County is elected to the term of four years. 

 

On January 1, 2018, Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. became the 67th Sheriff of Suffolk County and the County`s first African American Sheriff in Suffolk County history.

Please scroll through a pictorial history of the the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office.

Suffolk County Sheriffs Throughout History

Over 335 Years of Continuous Service

Josiah Hobart

1683-1701

1.

John Mulford

1701-1702

2.

Hugh Gray

1702-1710

3.

John Brush

1710-1718

4.

Daniel Youngs

1718-1723

5.

Samuel Dayton

1723-1728

6.

William Sell

1728-1730

7.

Joseph Smith

1730-1731

8.

David Corrie

1731-1734

9.

Jacob Conklin

1734-1740

10.

Thomas Higbe

1740-1774

11.

James Muirson

1774-1785

12.

Thomas Wickes

1785-1787

1791-1799

13.

Silas Halsey

1787-1791

14.

Phineas Carll

1799-1803

15.

Josiah Reeve

1803-1807

1808-1810

1811-1812

1813-1814

1815-1819

16.

Phineas Smith

1807-1808

17.

Benjamin Brewster

1810-1811

1812-1813

18.

Nathaniel Conklin

1814-1815

19.

Samuel Carll

1819-1821

20.

Abraham Gardiner

1821-1826

1829-1832

21.

Samuel Smith

1826-1829

22.

Richard Smith

1832-1835

23.

Silas Horton

1835-1838

24.

Samuel Miller

1838-1841

25.

David Brush

1841-1844

26.

Henry Penny

1844-1847

27.

David Rose

1847-1850

28.

John Clark

1850-1855

29.

Samuel Phillips

1855-1856

30.

George Carman

1856-1859

31.

Stephen Wilson

1859-1862

32.

Daniel Osborn

1862-1868

33.

George Smith

1868-1871

34.

J. Henry Perkins

1871-1874

35.

Egbert Lewis

1874-1877

36.

George Cooper

1877-1878

37.

Robert Petty

1878-1883

1888-1891

38.

Selah Brewster

1883-1886

39.

Henry Halsey

1886-1888

40.

A.M. Darling

1891-1897

41.

Benjamin Wood

1897-1900

42.

J. Sheridan Wells

1900-1903

43.

Henry Preston

1903-1906

44.

John Wells

1906-1909

45.

Charles Platt

1909-1912

46.

Melville Brush

1912-1913

47.

D. Henry Brown

1913-1914

48.

Charles O'Dell

1914-1917

49.

Amza Biggs

1917-1920

1923-1926

50.

John Kelly

1920-1923

51.

Burton Howe

1926-1929

52.

Ellis Taylor

1929-1932

53.

Joseph Warta

1932-1935

54.

William McCollom

1935-1938

1942-1957

55.

Jacob Dreyer

1938-1941

56.

John Levy

1941-1942

57.

Charles Dominy

1957-1962

58.

Frank Gross

1962-1970

59.

Philip Corso

1970-1976

60.

Donald Dilworth

1976-1977

61.

John Finnerty

1977-1986

62.

Eugene Dooley

1986-1990

63.

Patrick Mahoney

1990-2002

63.

Alfred C. Tisch

2002-2006

65.

Vincent F. DeMarco

2006-2018

66.

Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.

2018- Current

67.

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