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  High County Sheriff

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We hope you find this site informative and useful. As you visit the other sections in this site, you will learn about the Sheriff's Office, its history, and duties.

The information in this website, is here to assist the public in learning the duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office. We welcome you to come back often, and check our FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK page. Together, we will make a great team that will bring these individuals to justice.

It is our pleasure to serve you. The philosophy and goal of the Sheriff's Office is to have a working partnership with the County. With this partnership, our County can be a safe and prosperous place to live. We would like to thank all of the residents for their contribution to this effort.

If you have general questions regarding the service of civil process, including fees and procedure, please email or call our main number at (603) 863-4200.

If you would like to contact the High Sheriff directly, please email

If you would like to make comments or suggestions about this website, feel free to do so at any of the following.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
14 Main St.
P.O. Box 27
Newport, NH. 03773

PH 603.863.4200
FAX 603.863.0012

or E-mail

  John P. Simonds
Sheriff Sullivan County

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Sullivan County is in the western part of the State. The County was named after General John Sullivan, a commander in the Revolutionary Army. General Sullivan later served as Attorney General 1782/86 and then served 2 terms as Governor (president of the state)1786/88 and 1788/90. Sullivan County consist of 528 Square miles that encompass 14 towns and one city.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is located in the County seat, at Newport NH. and occupies the same building as the Superior Court, County Attorney's Office, County Commissioners Office, and several other County agencies. This shared space keeps the judicial and executive branches of county government accessible to the citizens of the county. An attribute to citizen orientated county government, for which Sullivan County is known for.

In New Hampshire, the Sheriff's authority reaches throughout and within the boundaries of the State. The High Sheriff of the County is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for their respective county.

The Sheriff's Office shares jurisdiction with local law enforcement agencies within the county. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office main area operation is the City of Claremont and the 14 towns comprising the County and it's 43,742 person population. The towns consist of:
Acworth Charlestown Cornish
Croydon Goshen Gratham
Langdon Lempster Newport
Plainfield Springfield Sunapee
Unity Washington  
The high Sheriff carries out his duties with the assistance of Deputy Sheriff's appointed by the Sheriff at the start of each two year term.

History - A Brief Overview

The office of the sheriff comes to America based on a model developed in England over one thousand years ago. In England groups of hundreds banned together and were known as "Shires", similar to a modern day County. Each separate group of a hundred, similar to a modern day town, were lead by a "Reeve" or chiefs. To distinguish the leader of a " Shire" ( county) from a leader of a mere hundred, (town), the more powerful official became known as a " Shire-Reeve".

The word : "Shire-Reeve" eventually became the modern English word SHERIFF. From the birth of the Shire-Reeve to the modern sheriff, the principle role of the office was to be the keeper of the chief of the county.

In the year 871, King Alfred the Great placed the responsibility of maintaining law and order in each county on the sheriff. Over the next few centuries the sheriff remained the leading law enforcement officer of the county. The appointment of the sheriff was an honor, however, it could prove to be costly. If the people of the county did not pay their taxes and fines in full, the sheriff was required to make up the difference. In addition the sheriff had to serve as host for visiting dignitaries, providing them with meals and entertainment at his own expense.

The first American counties were established in Virginia in 1634. Records indicate the first sheriff was elected in 1651. Currently there are 3066 sheriffs in the United States. The State of Texas has the largest number of sheriffs with 254.

In New Hampshire there are 10 counties each with an elected sheriff. The term of election varies from state to state, New Hampshire having the term of 2 years.

The modern day sheriff have not only continued the responsibilities of the past, but have expanded its duties to include:

  • Prisoner Transports
  • Crime Prevention
  • Education Initiatives
  • Violent crime Investigations
  • Search and Rescue Functions
  • Community Policing
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Drug/Criminal Investigations
  • Civil Process

We hope that this has been informative for you and we are proud to perform the duties of a modern day sheriff for you.

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