While gathering information about the Delaware Police Department it was only natural that I came across information on the Sheriffs Department. The following names and information were found in various records. In many cases the year was not stated. As I find additional information this list will be updated.
|J. Thompson Rippey||Unk (d. 1889)|
|Aaron Welch||1814 (d.1816)|
|Sanford S. Bennett||1816, about|
|Pardon Sprague, Col.||1823-1824|
|Daniel D. Tompkins||1829|
|Sidney Moore, Gen.||1830|
|Andrew H. Patterson, Gen.||1834|
|Andrew H. Patterson, Gen.||1836|
|Elam C. Vining||1853|
|Andrew Jackson Smith||1854|
|B. C. Waters||1860|
|John W. Ladd||1864|
|John W. Ladd||1866|
|J. W. Crawford||1872|
|G. L. Sackett||1874|
|George L. Sackett||1876|
|William H. Cutler||1878|
|William H. Cutler||1880|
|William J. Davis||1886|
|William J. Davis||1890|
|Stephen P. Thrall||1894-1898|
|Jacob M. Schaffner||1899-1903|
|Almer C. Williamson||1904-1906|
|Caleb M. Leonard||1907-1910|
|Thomas B. Williams||1911-1915|
|Abraham Lincoln Alkire||1919|
|Fred D. Harter||1923|
|Conner C. Lambert||1927|
|Merton F. Pinney||1937-1944|
|Eugene T. Jackson||1965-1976|
|William B. Lavery||1977-1992|
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C.M. Leonard – Sheriff 1907 to 1910
Caleb Morse Leonard was born October 20, 1859 to Nelson Leonard and Mary Eliza Morse. Caleb’s father was born in 1824 in Kent, CT and moved to Delaware, Ohio in 1845. Where he married Mary Eliza Morse on November 17, 1852. Caleb’s mother was born in 1819. Caleb married Anna Mary Eastman in 1885. She was born to Loren Eastman and Henrietta Tiffany Farrar. They had three children: Loren Brooks Leonard 1889 to 1905; Elizabeth Eastman Leonard Winchell 1887 to 1947; and Emily Maud Leonard Lowery 1892 to 1962.
Robert Earl Milligan
Prior to becoming a deputy under Mert Pinney in 1939 he was a farmer living on the Troy Road about five miles from Delaware and he also worked full time as a telegrapher for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Troyton. This was the end of the depression and money was difficult to obtain. In March of 1939 he became a deputy, and moved to Delaware living first at 392 N. Franklin Street. He later moved into Mert Pinneys house at 115 W. Central Ave. where he lived until his death in 1944. Other deputies at that time were Chet McKinney and Earl Fravel. Harley Wornstaff was a special deputy during that period also.
In 1944, he planned on running for the office of Sheriff and had made preparations to announce his intentions. A week before the announcement date he suffered a massive heart attack during his sleep and never awoke. He had a series of photos taken just before he died intending them to be used for his campaign. The above photo was one of those taken.
Paul M. Jones
Badge from Paul M. Jones, pictured in the group photo at the top of the page. Mr. Jones served as a Deputy from May 15, 1946 until May 1952. Mr. Jones stated that he also served as a Merchant Policeman with the City for about two years. His badges and the group photo at the top of the page were donated to the Delaware County Historical Society.
William “Bill” Macklin
Prior to becoming a Deputy, Bill Macklin served the Delaware Police and Fire Departments (this photo was taken in 1950-51, while Bill was working for the Police Department). In 1952 Bill became a Deputy for the Delaware County Sheriffs Department and he was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He continued in that position until his death in 1974. Bill was born May 13, 1906 to Joseph and Anna Macklin, he died January 1, 1974.