Our History

The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office was established on October 19th, 1809, alongside the inception of our County. Currently, little is known about our Department from its inception, although a list of our former Sheriffs has been kept a record of. Prior to 1836, records are extremely sparse.

Pre- 1836, and Other Discrepancies

David H. Burton, first mentioned as sheriff in 1811 records

John Lain, served as sheriff in period 1814-1822

Mitchell Childress, 1829 exact dates unknown

Sheriff Childress, 1837 exact dates unknown

Sheriff Jones, sheriff in 1839, exact days unknown

James Foresee, listed as high sheriff on 1850 Census which disagrees with the list given below.

Name
Years Served
B.B. Spicer (First Elected Sheriff)1836 – 1842
Lemuel McCollum1842 – 1844
B.B. Spicer1844 – 1848
Edward Cowen1848 – 1850
B.B. Spicer1850 – 1856
J.P. Forsee1856 – 1858
B.B. Spicer1858 – 1860
M.M. Massey1860 – 1868
R.W. Cooley1868 – 1870
M.M. Box1870 – 1874
W.A. Short1874 – 1876
James P. White1876 – 1880
D.D. Collier1880 – 1886
J. Hiram Hall1886 – 1892
J.B. Hall1892 – 1898
George F. Fentress1898 – 1902
J. Hiram Hall1902 – 1904
Ben F. O’Barr1904 – 1910
Sam Stockard*1910 – 1914
J.L. Smith1914 – 1920
W.B. Bryant1920 – 1922
J.L. Smith1922 – 1928
Walter McNeil1928 – 1934
J.S. Westbrook1934 – 1938
Frank James1938 – 1942
Ralph Hooper1942 – 1946
Bliss Dodson1946 – 1946
Trent Westbrook1946 – 1952
Lawrence Bradley1952 – 1954
J.C. Carter1954 – 1960
Herschel M. Bone**1960 – 1962
M. Lurton McNeil1962 – 1964
Howard Deck1964 – 1966
Connie Runyons1966 – 1972
Bill Bell1972 – 1976
E.C. Hall1976 – 1980
Ronnie Toungette1980 – 2006
Chris Davis2006 – Present
  *Sheriff Stockard was killed in the line of duty, EOW September 15th, 1914. See Our “In Memoriam Of” page for more details.
**Sheriff Bone was seriously injured in line of duty during his term as sheriff.