Since the establishment of Wise County in 1856, there have been over 30 prior Sheriffs, some serving multiple terms.
Click on names with hyperlinks for additional information.

Term of Office

Name

Photo
May 6, 1856 - August 2, 1858

John W. Hale

Photo Available

August 2, 1858 - August 6, 1860 Benjamin P. Earp  
August 6, 1860 - August 1, 1864 Robert Cates Photo Available
August 1, 1864 - August 8, 1865 G.B.S. Crews  
September 15, 1865 - June 25, 1866 David Ames  
June 25, 1866 - November 1, 1867 G.B.S. Crews  
November 1, 1867 - June 9, 1869 William Hudson  
June 9, 1869 - December 2, 1873 George W. Stevens Photo Available
December 2, 1873 - February 15, 1876 Robert Cates Photo Available
February 15, 1876 - November 5, 1878 George W. Stevens Photo Available
November 5, 1878 - November 2, 1880 John W. Hogg Photo Available
November 2, 1880 - November 4, 1884 Thos. R. Allen  
November 4, 1884 - November 6, 1888 W. J. "Bill" Mann Photo Available
November 6, 1888 - November 4, 1890 W. S. Gilbert  
November 4, 1890 - November 6, 1894 J. L. Rucker  
November 6, 1894 - November 8, 1898 John W. Moore  
November 6, 1898 - November 4, 1902 Thomas F. McClure  
November 4, 1902 - November 3, 1906 John Cearley Photo Available
November 3, 1906 - November 8, 1910 John Branch Photo Available
November 8, 1910 - November 3, 1914 Sam Faith Photo Available
November 3, 1914 - November 5, 1918 J. Lee Mann Photo Available
November 5, 1918 - December 31, 1922 Walter Malone  
January 1, 1923 - December 31, 1926 W. M. Workman Photo Available
January 1, 1927 - December 31, 1930 George T. Gage Photo Available
January 1, 1931 - December 31, 1932 W. M. Workman Photo Available
January 1, 1933 - December 31, 1936 James Thomas Faith Photo Available
January 1, 1937 - December 31, 1940 George E. Young Photo Available
January 1, 1941 - January 7, 1947 Hugh Malcolm Branch Photo Available
January 7, 1947 - December 31, 1950 Ray "Sage" Nobles Photo Available
January 1, 1951 - December 31, 1960 Carl "Rook" Ramsey Photo Available
January 1, 1961 - December 31, 1972 John R. Branch Photo Available
January 1, 1973 - December 31, 1976 Eldon Moyers Photo Available
January 1, 1977 - December 31, 1984 Carl "Rook" Ramsey Photo Available
January 1, 1985 - December 3, 1986 C. L. "Ray" Aaron Photo Available
December 3, 1986 - March 20, 1992 Leroy Burch Photo Available
March 20, 1992 - January 15, 2004 Phil Ryan Photo Available
January 15, 2004 - December 31, 2004 Doug Whitehead Photo Available
January 1, 2005 - Present David Walker Photo Available

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