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Serving the Citizens of St. Louis County

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has proudly served the citizens of the county for over 150 years and has had a colorful history. 

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Here are some interesting facts:

 

 

Early records of our Sheriffs are sketchy but it appears that after changing the name of Superior County to St. Louis, the Governor of the territory on April 7, 1855 appointed Zach J. Brown as Sheriff and tax collector. When the County was organized in 1856 however, the Governor appointed A.J. Ellis the Sheriff.

Source: NORTHEAST MINNESOTA HISTORICAL CENTER

Sheriffs Past and Present

 

          2003-present
           Ross Litman

 

           1999-2003
Sheriff Rick WahlbergRick Wahlberg

          1987-1999
Sheriff Gary WallerGary Waller

                1986
Sheriff Charles BergquistCharles Berguist

           1983-1986
Sheriff Ernie GramsErnie Grams

           1967-1983
Sheriff Greg SertichGreg Sertich

            1931-1967
Sheriff Sam OwensSam Owens

              1931
Sheriff C. F. McCombC. F. McComb

                1931
Sheriff Emil M. EricksonEmil M. Erickson

           1918-1931
Sheriff Frank L. MagieFrank L. Magie

         1914-1918
       John R. Meining

          1912-1914
        Edward McKinnon

           1911-1912
         John R. Meining

         1905-1911
Sheriff W J BatesW. J. Bates

          1904-1905
      Walter B. Butchart

           1903-1904
Sheriff William W. ButchartWm W. Butchart

          1897-1903
Sheriff William SargentWm C. Sargent

            1895-1897
Sheriff William W. ButchartWm W. Butchart

            1889-1895
Sheriff Paul SharveyPaul Sharvy

         1887-1889
       Henry Truelson

            1876-1887
Sheriff Sam McQuadeSamuel C. McQuade

          1874-1876
Sheriff Paul SharveyPaul Sharvy

         1873-1877
   George Berkelmann

            1870-1872
            E. H. Brown

           1867-1869
          Michael Houle

         1864-1866
       Jerome Merritt

            1863-1864
           Michael Houle

           1862-1863
          E. H. Johnson

         1861-1862
        Michael Houle

            1856-1860
               A. J. Ellis

               1855
        Zach J. Brown