LAW ENFORCEMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE".
1812 Abner Rockwell 1815 John Spaulding 2nd 1818
Lemuel Streeter 1821 Joseph C. Powell 1824 Reuben Wilber 1827 Benjamin McKean 1830 Lockwood
Smith, Jr. 1833 John L. Webb 1836 Guy Tozer 1839 Ira H. Stephens 1842 John N. Weston 1845
John F. Means 1848 William S. Dobbins 1851 Chester Thomas 1854 John A. Cooding 1857 Thomas
M. Woodruff 1860 A. Hanson Spaulding 1863 J. Monroe Smith 1866 William Griffis 1869 J.
Perry Van Fleet 1872 J. Monroe Smith 1875 Andrew J. Layton 1878 Peter J. Dean 1881 William
T. Horton 1884 Dallas J. Sweet 1887 Morris Shepard 1890 Joseph Powell 1893 Nathan V. Weller 1895
Ulysses M. Fell 1899 Homer F. Drake
SHERIFF'S OF BRADFORD COUNTY
Pennsylvania's First Female Sheriff
Mary Jane (Morrow)Mitten became the first female Sheriff
in Bradford County and Pennsylvania after the death of her husband, Sheriff Fred R. Mitten in 1925.
Since she had already been helping her husband with his duties as Sheriff before his unexpected death, hundreds of Bradford
County Residents signed petitions demanding she be appointed sheriff. Mary Morrow Mitten was sworn in as Sheriff on
Oct. 24, 1925.
1902 Stephen Robinson 1905 Job Griffin 1908
John H. Dean 1911 Albert B. McCraney 1915 Ension W. Wheeler 1919 Charles E. Drake 1923
Fred R. Mitten 1925 *Mary Jane Mitten * 1927 Sid McClelland 1931 Howard Bailey 1935 Newman Benson 1939 J.
Stewart Essenwine 1943 Roy Grover C. Jones 1947 Fowler L. Tuton 1951 Fowler L. Tuton 1955
Fowler L. Tuton 1959 Frank F. Detrick 1963 Frank F. Detrick 1967 Frank F. Detrick 1971
Frank F. Detrick 1975 Thomas J. Fairchild 1979 Thomas J. Fairchild 1983 Thomas J. Fairchild 1987
Thomas J. Fairchild 1991 Steven A. Evans 1995 Steven A. Evans 1999 Steven A. Evans 2004
Steven A. Evans 2008 Steven A. Evans
2010 Clinton "CJ" Walters
Why "Sheriff's Office" and NOT "Sheriff's Department?: To Answer the question, we can turn to Blacks Law Dictionary which defines the term as follows: Department: One of the major divisions of the executive branch of the government....generaly, a branch or division
of governmental administration. Office: a right, and correspondent duty, and power conferred on an individual
by the government, and, when this is the connection, a public office is a usual and more discriminating expression...in the
constitutional sense, the term implies an authority to exercise some portion of the sovereign power, either in making, executing,
or administering the laws. Clearly, the Office of Sheriff is not simply another department of county government.
The Offiice of Sheriff is a constitutional office having exclusive powers and authority. These powers are not subject to the
dictates of a county manager or council. The powers of this office have been exercised for over a millenium.
Bradford County Jail, Towanda, Pa (1873 - 1991) Prior to the jail being built prisoners were first kept at the "old log
jail" in the front section of Sheriff Rockwells homein Monroeton until the courthouse was
built in 1816, they were then held in the basement of the courthouse, where deputies & jailers sometimes lived.
Construction of the jail began in 1871, and the front section of the jail was the living quarters of the Sheriff. The
first Sheriff to live there was J. Monroe Smith. In 1903, a prisoner was shot in his cell
by a father seeking vengance against a man who assaulted his daughter. The father came in on visitors day and was handed
a revolver by his son. The prisoner was shot twice, but survived his wounds. A grand jury later discharged the father.
Public hangings were once held in the "yard" of the jail, the last being around 1905 by Sheriff
S.F. Robinson.. A modern jail was constructed in Burlington, and opened in 1991. The old jail is now home to the
County Historical Society.