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About the Sheriff's Office
Enhancing Public Safety
Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office enhances public safety by providing a safe court environment, service of legal documents and comprehensive care of offenders through professional and unbiased performance. In this way, the Sheriff's Office fully supports and fosters Chesterfield's efforts to be an extraordinary and innovative community in which to live, work and play.
Duties of Sheriff and Deputies
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA) gives a voice to Virginia sheriffs and deputies. Working on many levels and in cooperation with the various segments of the criminal justice system and state government, VSA guarantees unfailing representation for sheriffs and deputies throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Watch a video and learn more about the duties of Sheriff’s and their deputies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office is among an elite group of law enforcement agencies having earned accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Of the more than 360 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, the Sheriff's Office is among only 82 having earned the distinction.
Chesterfield County was also the third Virginia jurisdiction where both the Police Department and Sheriff's Office were accredited. Chesterfield shares this distinction with eleven other localities. Accreditation is considered perhaps the best measure of professionalism among law enforcement agencies.
For more information, call 804-768-7461.
Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission
The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission consists of representatives of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. It has established 215 professional standards by which law enforcement agencies are measured. In providing the accreditation program, the commission's goals are:
- To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services provided by law enforcement agencies
- To promote cooperation among agencies
- To ensure proper training for law enforcement personnel
- To promote public confidence in law enforcement
Accreditation sets the standards by which an agency must continue to operate in order to achieve re-accreditation. These professional standards must become a routine way of conducting business in the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office. There are on-going reviews, with re-accreditation occurring every four years.
Customer Service Standards
The Sheriff's Office is committed to providing you with excellent customer service. When dealing with our department, you can expect:
A professional and courteous staff.
- You will be addressed in a polite, courteous, and professional manner.
- Your call will be answered within three rings, and telephone transfers will be limited to one per call.
- You will receive a response to your request within 24 hours.
- You will be assisted by a knowledgeable employee who will provide you with accurate information.
We will meet or exceed the state mandated time frame for service of civil process.
- 100% of civil process will be served within the state mandated time frame.
We will provide for the safe and secure detention of those in the Sheriff's custody.
- Violent incidents will be minimized through careful monitoring of inmates.
We will maintain 100% compliance with Virginia Department of Corrections life, health and safety standards.
- We will obtain 100% compliance on DOC inspections. Deficiencies will be addressed within 24 hours.
We will provide a safe environment for court proceedings.
- The possibility of violent incidents will be minimized through the use of proactive security procedures.
Opportunities for the treatment and rehabilitation of inmates will be provided.
- The Sheriff's Office will provide quality medical care for inmates.
- The Sheriff's Office will support substance abuse prevention programs.
- The Sheriff's Office will provide job training for inmates through the inmate workforce program.
The Sheriff's Office will provide alternative incarceration programs for inmates meeting certain criteria.
- The Sheriff's Office is committed to work release, work weekender, and home incarceration programs.
Our employees will positively impact citizens' lives with service programs.
- The Sheriff's Office will be a leader among county agencies in providing community service programs such as Seniors In Touch, TRIAD, Play It Safe, and Inmate Outreach.
Compliments, Concerns or Complaints
If you have any compliments, concerns or complaints, please provide them to:
Karl S. Leonard, Sheriff
P.O. Box 940
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832
Meet the Sheriff
Learn more about Sheriff Karl S. Leonard.
Letter from the Sheriff
The Chesterfield County Sheriff's office is committed to providing quality services for all citizens. Our office has established the highest performance standards and expectations from which there can be no deviation.
The employees of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office are aware of the important responsibilities and duties they have as public servants. It is important that the citizens of the County of Chesterfield have complete confidence in their Sheriff's office.
Should we fail to meet your expectations in any manner, I want to hear about it. We welcome and appreciate your feedback.
Karl S. Leonard
Chesterfield County’s Public Safety Fallen Heroes
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Cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office takes its mission to enhance public safety seriously. It is this mission that guides our efforts to support local, state, and federal laws. This includes cooperatively working with government agencies at all levels, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, on a daily basis.
Release of Inmate
In addition to the daily contact with ICE, the Sheriff’s Office, which detains illegal immigrants when they are held on other criminal charges, always notifies ICE prior to releasing an inmate to find out if ICE will pick the inmate up or provide court papers to legally detain the inmate. This contact with ICE occurs when an inmate is nearing the end of their sentence in jail, posts bond or bail, or the criminal matter is dismissed. In addition to our daily communication to ICE, we also provide the status of the illegal immigrants incarcerated in the Chesterfield County jail.
Generally, ICE has sufficient time to secure a court order or pick up the inmate. Detainees are held as long as they can be legally and in accordance with the advice from Virginia’s Attorney General. When ICE provides a legal court order to hold an inmate for additional time, pending the review of their immigration status, our office always complies.
Failure to Secure a Court Order
When ICE fails to secure a court order to hold an inmate, we contact the agency to inform them of the upcoming release of the inmate. However, instead of obtaining a legal court order, ICE often sends an immigration detainer form, often referred to as an ICE detainer request, that states:
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested that the law enforcement agency which is currently detaining you maintain custody of you for a period not to exceed 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) beyond when you would have been released by the state or local law enforcement authorities based on your criminal charges or convictions.”
ICE Detainers and Sheriff Policy
An ICE detainer request is not issued by the court. Therefore, it is not a legal document allowing the Sheriff’s Office to legally detain an inmate for additional time unrelated to the original criminal charge. It is for that reason our office only complies with court orders. This has been our policy since Nov. 1, 2014.
The Sheriff's Office changed our policy to adhere to legal court documents versus a request to hold someone longer than legally allowed. This decision was the result of advice provided by the Chesterfield County Attorney’s Office and later, in January 2015, supported by a decision made by the Virginia Attorney General. This is a common practice that has also been adopted by many localities in the Commonwealth.
Commitment to Serve
Everyone in the Sheriff’s Office, including myself, respect all laws and are committed to upholding them. We work closely and cooperatively with ICE by providing the agency the immigration status of all inmates. In addition, we contact ICE prior to releasing an inmate that has legally served the required time, and detain them when ICE obtains a legal court order that allows us to legally detain them.
As we continue to cooperate with ICE, we encourage them to provide law enforcement with legal documents that allow the lawful detainment of an inmate. I am committed to serving the citizens of Chesterfield County to uphold the law and I stand by my policy.
Sheriff's Office History
The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office has a rich history and extends back to 1749.
Revolutionary War Era
The area surrounding the Courthouse was a very strategic location during the Revolutionary War. Our leaders in this war frequented this area. March of 1775 saw Patrick Henry recite his famous speech from St. John’s Church. "Give me liberty or give me death" were the words heard around the world.
Taking Up Arms
The Revolutionary War witnessed several Chesterfield residents taking up arms for the cause. These included the clerk of the court, Archibald Cary. Cary was chosen to lead a group of soldiers from the county. The courthouse area became a training camp for the war.
Of the names listed, Thomas Burfoot was the Quartermaster, Edward Steward was listed as the youngest soldier, and Barron Von Stueben was a "hard core" drills Sergeant. In 1781, General Phillips led a group of enemy soldiers into the camp and set numerous fires. This forced the camp to close. Later that year, Sheriff George Robertson was in office when the British surrendered at Yorktown.
A New Sheriff
In 1784, Sheriff Benjamin Branch was in office. Governor Patrick Henry took up residence in what is now referred to as the Salisbury section of the county. The year 1784 also saw the Jefferson family taking up residence at the Eppington plantation located in southern Chesterfield, where his two daughters were left with their aunt. One daughter died while visiting Eppington and is buried there in an unmarked grave. The cousin, Lucy Eppes, also passed away from the "whooping cough" that same year. The big social event for the county in the late 1700’s was the marriage of Mary Jefferson to John Eppes of Eppington Plantation.
The County in an Uproar
In 1786, the county was in an uproar. Sheriff Branch was killed after being thrown from his horse. The Sheriff had not yet collected all of the tax levies owed and his accounts were in an unintentional snarl. The resolution of the situation took almost two decades, but the county suffered little financial loss in the end.
The Sheriff During Washington’s Presidency
Sheriff Thomas Barfoot was in office when George Washington was elected as the first president of our country. Washington took office in 1789. The county’s population at this time was 14,214, with half the number being slaves.
The section of Virginia now known as Chesterfield County was formerly a part of "Henricus." On May 12, 1749 a "Commission of the Peace" was issued by Governor William Gooch that created a judicial body to administer general laws. This "commission" or proclamation described how the Judges were to hear cases and determine punishment. The proclamation also outlined the powers of the Sheriff, Justices and Clerks.
Duties of the Sheriff
One of the most important duties of the Sheriff in this era was to collect taxes. Governor Gooch appointed John Archer the first Sheriff of Chesterfield County. Because it was a period before the Revolutionary War, the sheriff swore his allegiance to England’s majesty. Duties of the Sheriff were described as "bringing to court persons who broke the peace or suspected of breaking the law." Griof Randolph was named his assistant. Sheriff Archer and Undersheriff Randolph were the first law enforcement officers for the County of Chesterfield. These gentlemen were also tasked with the security of the Judges, the courthouse and the jail.
Creation of a New County
On May 25th, 1749, the Virginia General Assembly passed the act that separated Chesterfield from Henrico County and created the new county. The county is named for the Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope. Stanhope was famous for his "good manners and writings." Part of the act states the reasoning for the division: For the ease and convenience of the inhabitants of the County of Henrico in attending courts and other public meetings.
First Court Session
The first court session was most likely held in the home of John Howlett, Jr. Judge John Bolling, who was a direct descendant of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, presided over this first session. The earliest court records show a session taking place on July 7, 1749. Benjamin Watkins was named clerk in the Governor’s "commission." In this session the court created the first acts of authorization for the building of a courthouse, prison and pillory.
Chesterfield’s First Jail and Courthouse
Chesterfield’s first jail had a rated capacity of three. The first Courthouse in Chesterfield was built in 1750.
A Pillory and Punishment
A pillory, more commonly known as a stock, was a mechanism for public punishment of criminals. The other form of punishment for lesser offenders was a "ducking stool." This was a contraption very similar to a swing tied to a tree next to a body of water. Chesterfield’s "ducking stool" was built in the area called Bermuda Hundred, which was the closest body of water. The judge would sentence offenders to the "ducking stool" for common offenses such as trespassing or littering.
The original jail also included a "debtor’s cell" reserved for those who did not honor their debts. This cell was constructed entirely of wood and was an addition to the building.
The French-Indian War
The French-Indian War was fought during the terms of two Sheriff’s. Sheriff William Kennon was in office when the fighting started. Eleazar Clay was only 14 when he took up arms as a Chesterfield County soldier in the French-Indian War. Clay later became Sheriff in 1811. Records show that William Kennon took the oath at an annual salary of 1248 shillings. This amounts to a salary of approximately 350 dollars yearly.
Robert Kennon was the Sheriff as the war ended in 1763. There are no records indicating the relationship between the two Sheriff’s. Passing the position of Sheriff through a family was very common in the early days of the Sheriff’s Office.
Baptist Preachers Jailed
In 1770, Chesterfield County and its leaders followed the Presbyterian doctrine as their governing religious belief. That year, several Baptist preachers refused to get a license to preach and were subsequently thrown in to jail. Judge Archibald Cary sentenced the preachers to jail until they changed their minds.
Sheriff John Archer Jr., son of the first Sheriff of Chesterfield, jailed the preachers as the judge ordered. One of the prisoners was John Weatherford. Weatherford would preach from his jail cell after receiving a signal from his faithful followers outside. Sheriff Worsham succeeded Archer and also was forced to deal with this situation. The preachers were finally released in 1774.
The early 1800’s saw Chesterfield growing dramatically. It was during this time that the county officials were not favorable to a public school system, leaning towards the private schooling that was prominent in the county.
The First Toll Road
In 1802, the first toll road in Virginia was built in Chesterfield County. Improved transportation and shipment of goods came with the first year of operation for the Chesterfield Railroad, the first in the state.
A New Jail
The original jail, commissioned in 1749, was destroyed by fire in 1841. The jail was filled to capacity when the three inmates being held at that time started the fire. Plans were immediately drawn for a new jail with a design that was ahead of its time. This small facility was used until the 1940’s, when it was converted to an emergency communications (dispatch) office.
A Murder Trial
The big gossip in 1851 centered on the murder trial of Anthony T. Robious. The first trial brought a death sentence, but a new trial was ordered when it was discovered that Deputy Sheriff George Snellings had taken the jurors to the home of Silas Cheatham and treated them to liquor.
Sentenced to Death a Second Time
The courts had a difficult time finding an impartial jury for the new trial. The new jury sentenced the prisoner to death a second time. The hanging was carried out in an elaborate ceremony with Judge John B. Nash presiding.
A Busy Time
The middle 1800’s was a busy time for the Chesterfield County court system. In March of 1846, Thomas Ritchie, Jr. was acquitted of killing John Pleasants in a duel. Other interesting activities included "Court Days" where the citizens would gather at the courthouse for a day of fun and socializing. These celebrations would often end in "free for all brawls" after a day of consuming "red eye." 1851 was also the year that the county began holding elections for the Office of the Sheriff.
Sheriff W. F. Gill was in office when coal mining in the Midlothian area of the county was becoming prosperous. This industry suffered a huge setback in Chesterfield in 1855 when an explosion in the mines killed 54 men and boys.
The Civil War
The county was again considered very strategic during the civil war because of the proximity to Richmond. Robert Gill was the sheriff when the Chesterfield Courthouse area was once again used as a training academy for soldiers. In 1860, the county population stood at 19,000, with half of that number listed as slaves. Four confederate generals were county residents. These included Young Moody, David Weisiger, Edward Johnson and Henry Heth.
Once the war was over, county officials were unsure of the status of all the elected officials. New elections were held and John W. Worsham was named the new Sheriff. The Sheriff was relieved of his tax collecting duties in 1869, much to the liking of all future Sheriff’s.
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
The first meeting of the newly formed Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors was held on June 30, 1870. This original board included Socrates Brooks of the Midlothian township, David Wood of the Bermuda township, J. J. Ivey of Clover Hill, J. R. Robertson from Matoaca and J. R. Murphy representing the Dale district. The Honorable James H. Cox was the first full time judge for the county. It was around this era that Chesterfield elected a " freed slave" to the General Assembly to represent the county. Records show a county population of 25,000 in 1880.
The century began with the continued service of Sheriff William Chastain Gill. Son of Sheriff William Eldridge Gill and brother of Sheriff Robert Eldridge Gill and survivor of Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, W.C. Gill was elected as Sheriff in 1881 after serving 10 years as a deputy; he served 44 years as sheriff before his death.
Streamlining the Criminal Justice System
With County Constables taking over more and more of the law enforcement duties in the county, the Sheriff’s Office began to assume a more streamlined role in the criminal justice system. Then in 1914, the County’s Police Department was created, replacing the constable system.
Tragedy struck Chesterfield County on January 22, 1912, when Deputy Archer Thomas Belcher was mortally wounded. Deputy Belcher, a farmer from Matoaca, was guarding inmates from the State Convict Road Force housed at Camp number three in Ettrick.
Attacked by Inmates
While on Hickory Road doing repairs, some inmates attacked him. One prisoner was using an axe to cut roots and while watching him, another inmate attacked him with a knife. When Deputy Belcher turned to defend himself from the knife attack, he was struck from behind on his head by the inmate with the axe. Three inmates escaped, taking Deputy Belcher’s weapons.
Death of a Deputy
The unconscious deputy was taken to the Petersburg Hospital, where he died on February 17, 1912. Deputy Archer T. Belcher was 47 years old at the time of his death, leaving behind his wife of 23 years, Mary Dance Belcher, and ten children, Florence, Charles, Ermine, Emma, Annie, Sallie, Mary, Zelma, Melvin, and Raymond.
The inmates were captured by a posse after a running gun battle near Farmville, where one of the escapees was mortally wounded. The other two inmates were convicted of capital murder by Chesterfield County Judge Robert Southall on April 5, 1912 and both were executed in the electric chair on June 14, 1912.
A Long Term
In late 1924, due to health issues, Sheriff Gill asked Ordway Benjamin Gates, his Chief Deputy, to take over his duties. Unfortunately, Sheriff Gill died a few months later in April 1925 and Judge Edmund P. Cox appointed O.B. Gates, as Sheriff to complete Sheriff Gill’s unfinished term in office. This was the beginning of yet another long term in office for a Sheriff of Chesterfield County.
Forging an Agreement
Gates and Gill had forged an agreement that Nathan Herbert Cogbill would remain as the "Chief Jailor" and Gill would support Gates as next Sheriff. Gates agreed to the terms and Nathan remained in the position for decades.
Nathan’s wife would prepare meals for the inmates and bring it to the Jail in a large iron pot. Family ties were strong…Nathan was related to Marcus Cogbill,the Commonwealth Attorney, and Philip Cogbill, the Clerk of the Court. O.B. Gates, since he had the support of the community easily won the 1925 election for sheriff. Throughout his career Sheriff Gates took a softer approach to his position. During his entire tenure as Sheriff,Gates never wore a uniform or carried a weapon.
Escape From Jail
In the 1930’s, the original jail was "bulging at the seams" with 12 inmates housed at a time. Unfortunately, due to the condition of the 1892 jail, three inmates in 1936 were able to obtain a can opener and cut their way through the tin roof of the jail and escaped; most were recaptured later.
Caught in the Act
Another inmate attempted to chisel his way out of the brick walls in 1937, but even though he had saved all his butter rations to use in his escape, his body became stuck in the tight hole in the wall; a passerby noticed the struggling inmate and raised the alarm by ringing the courthouse bell.
Also during this time period, Sheriff Gates was heavily involved in enforcing prohibition laws. This resulted in the impounding of several "bootlegger" automobiles that were actually stored on the Gates property off of Beach Road.
At the time, Sheriff Gates’ staff consisted of Deputy Albright, Deputy Gilliam Cogbill, son of Nathan, and Deputy Rudy. Because of the escapes and the poor conditions of the 1892 jail, Sheriff Gates was faced with the closing it. Sheriff Gates made plans to house Chesterfield inmates in jails operated by other localities (Henrico and Petersburg) which was accepted by the State and the 1892 jail closed in 1943.
An Excellent Relationship with Citizens
During his term as the Sheriff of Chesterfield County, Sheriff Gates had an excellent relationship with the citizens of Chesterfield and there are several glowing tributes to his service. Gates also served the county as Sheriff during a major growth period. The population increased from 23,000 to 77,000 before his departure from office in 1967.
A Modern Jail Facility
This method of housing Chesterfield inmates at other jails continued until 1962, when a "new, modern" facility opened for business. The new jail consisted of what was referred to as "A" building. This new facility became a family affair because the building included living quarters for a married couple.
Staff and Operations
Deputy Joe Partin operated the jail while his wife cooked the meals in the jail kitchen. This arrangement continued until Sheriff Emmett Wingo’s tenure in 1968. After Gilliam Cogbill died in 1965, Deputy Clarence G. Williams, Sr. was selected as Chief Deputy. In 1971, Joe Nunnally, (later known as Captain Nunnally) was hired as one of the few deputies on duty on the midnight shift, working with a trustee in order to open cells and care for the few inmates at that time. This trustee was just that, a trusted inmate who was allowed to carry keys to the facility.
Training Standards Changes
Statewide changes in Sheriff and Deputy training standards took effect in Chesterfield County in 1968, when Sheriff Emmett Wingo, Chief Deputy Clarence Williams, Sr., Bailiff Fred Bray, Chief Jailer Joseph Partin, Deputy Olin Taylor and Deputy R. E. Phillips attended the first Basic Jailor’s School. This school was designed to provide the Sheriffs and Sheriff Deputies of Virginia common standards in basic job duties. The course included training in civil processing, security in handling prisoners, riot control and firearm proficiency.
First Basic Sheriff Academy
Later Sheriff’s Office training standards took a whole new meaning in 1994 when Sheriff Clarence Williams, Jr, son of the former Chief Deputy Clarence Williams, Sr, started the First Basic Sheriff Academy. During this decade (1970s) a two-story wing was added to the 1962 jail which included additional tier and dorm space to accommodate the bulging population of 90 inmates.
A New Courthouse
In 1988, Ground was broken for a new courthouse and Sheriff Walter Minton was present, with several other county and state dignitaries for the grand opening of this new facility in 1990. The building faces northwest and is a red colored brick, concrete, and glass structure with spacious landscaped grounds. The northwest front has a large portico supported by four large concrete columns rising to a pediment with fanlight at the roof line and a porch runs on either side of the portico supported by columns.
Administrative Offices and Jail Annex
The ground floors of the building contained offices for the Sheriff’s administrative staff. Then in 1994, separate inmate housing area (jail) was added to the 1962 jail complex. Called the Annex, the structure was completed in the spring of 1994 and was built to hold 115 inmates. The name ’Annex’ followed historical precedence; during the 19th Century, due to the difficulty in transporting prisoners by horse, there were several ‘annex’ jails located throughout Chesterfield County. The only existing structure from that period is the 1860 Summerseat house in Ettrick, Virginia. It was the residence of the local magistrate and the ‘jail annex’ was in the lower corner basement where offenders were temporarily housed before being transferred to the Chesterfield Courthouse.
A New Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
Finally, at the close of the 20th Century in 1999 Sheriff Clarence Williams was present at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, which opened in 2001. The building, built to reflect the style of the 1990 Courthouse, faces south and is a two-story red colored brick, concrete, and glass structure.
Former Chesterfield County Sheriffs
- John Archer, 1749 to 1750
- Seth Ward, 1751 to 1753
- Richard Royall, 1753 to 1755
- William Kennon, 1755 to 1760
- Robert Kennon, 1760 to 1761
- Claiborne Anderson, 1764 to 1764
- Bernard Markham, 1765 to 1767
- John Hylton, 1767 to 1768
- Abraham Salle, 1768 to 1769
- John Archer Jr.,1769 to 1771
- Thomas Worsham, 1772 to 1773
- Thomas Bolling, 1775 to 1775
- John Bolte, 1776 to 1777
- Robert Goode, 1778 to 1779
- George Robertson, 1780 to 1782
- David Holt, 1783 to 1784
- Benjamin Branch, 1784 to 1786
- Bernard Markham, 1787 to 1788
- Francis Goode, 1788 to 1789
- Thomas Barfoot, 1789 to 1790
- Francis Goode, 1790 to 1791
- John Bolte, 1791 to 1792
- George Woodson, 1793 to 1794
- David Patterson, 1794 to 1796
- George Markham, 1797 to 1799
- Thomas Goode, 1800 to 1801
- Thomas Barfoot, 1801 to 1803
- Thomas Taylor, 1803 to 1805
- Issac Salle, 1805 to 1807
- Archibald Walthall, 1807 to 1808
- Roger Atkinson, 1808 to 1810
- Eleazar Clay, 1811 to 1812
- Daniel Boisseau, 1813 to 1814
- Thomas Branch, 1814 to 1815
- Cornelius Buch, 1816 to 1819
- William Clarke, 1819 to 1821
- William Goode, 1822 to 1823
- Edmund Lockett, 1823 to 1824
- Robert Haskins, 1824 to 1826
- William Findley, 1826 to 1829
- Thomas Finney, 1829 to 1829
- Thomas Stratton, 1829 to 1831
- Daniel Weiseger, 1832 to 1834
- John Archer, 1834 to 1836
- William Green Elam, 1836 to 1839
- Thomas Jones, 1839 to 1840
- William Goode Jr., 1840 to 1846
- Higgerson, Hancock, 1846 to 1848
- Woodson Hancock, 1849 to 1853
- John Archer, 1853 to 1853
- William Elridge Gill, 1853 to 1853
- George W. Snellings, 1853 to 1859
- Robert Gill, 1860 to 1863
- Joseph H. Worsham, 1863 to 1869
- James Moody, 1870 to 1872
- Clarence H. Flournoy, 1872 to 1880
- William Chastain Gill, 1880 to 1925
- Ordway Benjamin Gates, 1925 to 1967
- Emmet L. Wingo, 1968 to 1987
- James Mutispaugh, 1987 to 1989
- Walter J. Minton, Unknown to 1990
- Clarence G. Williams Jr., 1990 to 2007
- Dennis S. Proffitt, 2007 to 2014
- Karl S. Leonard, 2014 to Present