History

Sheriff's Office History

The first Sheriff of Midland County was D.G.W. Whitney. He served as Sheriff for 4 years from 1855 to 1858. Midland had two Sheriffs who served in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. They were Sheriff Benjamin F. Keating, who attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant during the Civil War and served as Sheriff from 1869 to 1870. Jerome W. Blackmar's highest rank attained during the Civil War is unknown and he served as Sheriff of Midland County from 1893 to 1896.

Midland County Sheriff's:

  • 1855-1858 D.G.W. Whitney
  • 1859-1860 L.K. Townsend
  • 1861-1862 Horace M. Ellsworth
  • 1863-1864 George Parcher Bartlett
  • 1865-1868 Alfred Avery
  • 1869-1870 Benjamin F. Keating
  • 1871-1874 Alfred Avery
  • 1875-1878 Charles Oscar
  • 1879-1882 John J. Ryan
  • 1883-1884 Michael W. Ryan
  • 1885-1886 John Haley
  • 1887-1890 Michael W. Ryan
  • 1891-1892 Justus "Chet" Thorington
  • 1893-1896 Jerome W. Blackmar
  • 1897-1900 John Madill
  • 1901-1904 William Dunning
  • 1905-1908 Martin H. Ryan
  • 1909-1912 John P. Lee
  • 1913-1914 Martin H. Ryan
  • 1915-1918 James H. McKeith
  • 1919-1922 Martin H. Ryan
  • 1923-1926 Thomas A. Bailey
  • 1927-1932 William S. Day
  • 1933-1934 George Venner
  • 1935-1962 Ira M. Smith
  • 1963-1976 William E. Maxwell (1)
  • 1976-1976 William H. Dehn (2)
  • 1976-1990 James Roger McNutt (3) (4)
  • 1991-2004 John S. Reder (5)
  • 2005-2012 Jerry Nielsen
  • 2013-PRESENT Scott Stephenson
     

(1) Resigned under charges, Feb 2, 1976.
(2) Undersheriff appointed Feb 3, 1976 to Feb 20, 1976.
(3) Appointed, Feb 20, 1976
(4) Resigned, Dec 31, 1990. (Elected to the MI House of Representatives)
(5) Appointed, Jan 1, 1991