History

WE ARE NAPA COUNTY

Sheriff's Office

History

Napa County became a county of California in 1850. The county lines changed several times before settling on its current boundaries, which consist of 794 square miles. Our first Sheriff was Nathaniel McKimmey, who was elected Sheriff of Napa County in 1853. The entire County population at the time was estimated to be 450. The first known lynching in Napa County occurred in Sheriff McKimmey's first year on the job.

The Sheriff's Office has historically performed various duties mainly consisting of Patrol, Court Security, Custody, Civil Process and presiding over executions (the last of which occurred in 1897). These duties have evolved over time

During the past 159 years there have been twenty-six elected Sheriffs. The last four being "Sheriff / Coroners". Our current Sheriff/Coroner is Sheriff John R. Robertson, who was first elected in April 2012.

 

John R. Robertson

2012 - John R. Robertson

2007 - Douglas E. Koford

1986 - Gary Simpson

1978 - Phillip E. Stewart

1966 - Earl Randol

1946 - John Clausen

1944 - Joseph Moore

1926 - John P Steckter

1918 - Joseph R. Harris

1910 - Edward A. Kelton 

1898 - D.A. Dunlap

1888 - George S. McKenzie

1886 - H.H. Harris

1884 - Leander L. James

1879 - Bennett James

1877 - John F. Tollner

1875 - Bennett James

1873 - L.M. Corwin

1871 - John Tollner

1867 - A.B. Walker

1865 - Ralph Ellis

1863 - T.F. Raney

1861 - Charles H. Allen

1855 - John S. Stark

1855 - Robert Crouch

1854 - John S. Robberson

1853 - William G. Edgerton

1853 - N. McKimmey