Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future: A History of Missouri Sheriffs
is a cumulative effort on the part of sheriffs, their staff, and citizens from all across our great state of Missouri. It is designed as a “coffee table” edition that you can pick up, read a few pages, and put it back on the table until the next time you’re there.
While every effort has been made to provide factual information, it was quickly discovered that what limited amount of resources could be found, at times conflicted. Many of the county courthouses burned, especially during the Civil War, making formal records scarce. That being said, our many authors have diligently worked to provide a quality publication.
The book is dedicated to the men and women who have served in the office of sheriff in the state of Missouri and to their deputies and staff members who have worked diligently to protect the citizens of their counties. We also give special acknowledgment to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
It explores the roots of the office of sheriff – the only law enforcement office in the state directly accountable to the people it serves. This 11” x 8.5”, 272 page hardback book begins with the origin of the office of sheriff, which dates back to the 1800s; from there it details the history of the office in each of Missouri’s 114 counties and the city of St. Louis; it will highlight events and notorious criminals that made history in our state; it remembers former sheriffs who served; and it’s well thought-out combination of photos and writing truly provide readers a unique glimpse into this historical office.