Sheriff's of Winston County


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Willis Farris (August 31, 1850 - September 19, 1853)
John Eddy (September 19, 1853 - August 23, 1856)
William W. Shields (August 23, 1856 - August 1, 1859)
Willis Farris (August 1, 1859 - 1863)
William Verpo Curtis (1863 - December 15, 1865)
Jonathan Marion Barton (December 15, 1865 - 1868)
Joseph L. McAlister (November 28, 1868 - November 23, 1870)
Lewis A. Lay (November 23, 1870 - 1871)
Hiram Adkins (June 30, 1871 - December 10, 1875)
H.W. Matthews (December 10, 1875 - 1877)
John Marlin Wilson (May 10, 1877 - 1877)
George Washington Baird (August 1877 - April 2, 1879)
Alvin Webster Bonds (September 3, 1880 - 1884)
Charles F. Curtis (1884 - August 7, 1885)
Reuben Humphrey Gaines (September 11, 1885 - 1888)
William Riley Bonds (1888 - ?)
Thomas Franklin Mitchell (1890)
David Wesley Penn (August 1892 - August 1896)
Joel Marion Ward (August 1896 - August 1900)
Joseph W. Maxwell (August 1900 - 1906)
William T. Williams (1906 - 1911)
Newton Byrd Aaron (1911 - 1915)
William T. Williams (January 18, 1915 - 1919)
John William Robinson (1919 - 1923)
Newton Byrd Aaron (1923 - January 17, 1927)
Grover Burton Baggett (January 17, 1927 - January 19, 1931)
William James Roby "Sterling" Crittenden (January 19, 1931 - January 1935)
Charles Oliver "Ollie" Hunter (January 1935 - January 1939)
William Marshall Bonds (January 1939 - January 1943)
Charles Oliver "Ollie" Hunter (January 1943 - January 20, 1951)
Clifford Peak (January 20, 1951 - August 7, 1951)
James Rufus "Red" Nichols (Acting Sheriff) (August 7, 1951 - September 6, 1951)
William Roy Posey (September 6, 1951 - September 9, 1954)
James Rufus "Red" Nichols (Acting Sheriff) (September 9, 1954 - September 11, 1954)
Benjamin Garland Dodd (September 11, 1954 - January 17, 1955)
George Cranford "Crant" Berry (January 17, 1955 - January 14, 1963)
William Raymond Cobb (January 14, 1963 - January 19, 1971)
Elton Ottis "Cotton" Townsend (January 19, 1971 - January 19, 1987)
Gerald Hobby Walker (January 20, 1987 - January 16, 1995)
David Doyce Sutherland (January 17, 1995 - November 3, 2000)
Elton Edward Townsend (November 3, 2000 - January 17, 2011)
Richard W. Harris (January 17, 2011 - Present)



Four officers have been killed in the line of duty in Winston County:
Deputy Sheriff George W. Elliott
Sheriff Clifford Peak
Deputy Sheriff Dennis Rowe
Deputy Sheriff James W. Taylor


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