The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is a suburban police agency with a staff of over 190 men and women. It serves a county of over 376 square miles of land and 3.5 miles of the Ohio River along with 110,000 citizens. It also operates a jail that houses up to 700 inmates and supports eight other local law enforcement agencies.
The Sheriff is chosen by popular vote and is the highest form of law enforcement and elected official in the county. His major duties by Indiana law include taking care of operating the jail, preserving order and safety in the court system, executing all forms of legal process and insuring the Clark County citizens that live in the unincorporated areas have police protection.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office was formed on February 2, 1801 by Governor William Harrison and Samuel Hay was appointed the first sheriff. There have been 28 sitting sheriffs in the history of this agency.