Boone County (Ky.). Sheriff's Office

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Boone County (Ky.). Sheriff's Office

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The Sheriff was the chief law officer in the county, but he was also the primary tax collector. Many people did not pay their taxes, and the Sheriff was liable for any taxes not paid, except those allowed as delinquent by the Court. There are many cases in which the Legislature voted extensions for individual Sheriffs to settle their accounts. This could become a nightmare if the Sheriff died in office.
The Sheriff was also the chief political figure in the county, until the office of County Judge was created. He sold the property of bankrupts, and foreclosures. He enforced the orders of the County Court, and provided security for their meetings.
The Sheriff was generally the senior magistrate on the County Court, as determined by length of time served on the court. Under the Second Constitution of Kentucky of 1799, Sheriffs were appointed by the Governor, though this office had been elective under the first constitution, which produced many political consequences.

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Scott, Chasteen Employed by Person
Brown, John Employed by Person
Early, Whitfield Employed by Person
James, Henry Field Employed by Person
Watts, Benjamin Employed by Person
Sandford, William Jasper Employed by Person
Graves, Joseph [1] Employed by Person
Hall, John Employed by Person
Johnson, Cave Employed by Person
Bush, John Employed by Person
Gaines, Abner Employed by Person
Hume, Elzaphan Employed by Person
Reid, Archibald Employed by Person
Huston, Archibald Employed by Person
McPherson, Alexander Employed by Person
Gaines, John Pollard Employed by Person
Williams, Glenrose Employed by Person
Williams, John Tolbert Employed by Person
Finch, Thomas Wilson Employed by Person
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