VCSO History
 

History of the Valley County Sheriff's Office

The following information was taken from "Footprints in the Valley" A History of Valley County.

Much of this information can also be found at Valley County's Pioneer Museum.

In 1893 Valley County was created out of Dawson County and included everything north of the Missouri River to Canada, and from the North Dakota border to a point west of Malta. In that same year the Valley County Courthouse and Jail were built. James Deegan was appointed Sheriff, and the first elected Sheriff was Sid Willis in 1894. In 1913 a portion of the county was chopped up to form Sheridan County, and in 1915 Phillips County was formed out of the western part of Valley County. Once again the county was chopped in 1919 to form Roosevelt County to our east, and then in 1920 to create Daniels County, reducing Valley County to it's present size of 5,064 square miles. At present, the Valley County Sheriff's Office and Jail are housed in the courthouse which was built in 1972.


Valley County Sheriffs & their Terms of Office

1 James Deegan Appointed Feb 6th 1893
2 Sid Willis First Elected Sheriff 1894
3 Dan Kyle   1896
4 Bob Conatser   1898
5 Walter "Leather" Griffith   1900
6 Harry Costner   1902
7 Walter "Leather" Griffith   1904
8 Colfax Small Schyler,   1906-1908
9 James R. Stephans   1910
10 Patrick J. Nacey   1912
11 Courtland W. "Puck" Powell   1914-1918
12 Charles A. Hall   1920
13 Julian Haydon   1922
14 R. B. "Doc" Rogers   1924
15 Ben Olson   1926-1930
16 Al G. Fassett Died in Office 09/1935 1932-1934
17 Charles E. Reed Acting Sheriff 1935
18 Warren L. Thornton Appointed in October 1935
19 Ed L. McPherson Resigned 08-14-1943 1936-1944
20 J. Mason Melvin ** Resigned 11-06-1950 1946-1950
21 Byron E. "Bud" Richter   1950-1956
22 Hugh Borton Two 4 year terms 1958-1966
23 Frank Powell Resigned 11/72 1966-1972
24 Daniel R Taylor   1972-1994
25 Clifton Cook Appointed 1994 1994-1995
26 Richard Britzman   1995-1998
27 Richard Wessler   1999-2002
28 Glen Meier   2003