• 2013 - Present

    Dan Peak

  • 1995 - 2013

    Eugene (Sandy) Horton

  • 1984 - 1995

    D. Lynn Fields

  • 1980 - 1984

    John A. Chester

  • 1974 - 1980

    James P. Sellars

  • 1971 - 1974

    Joe Fry

  • 1970 - 1971

    Lawrence M. Hatfield

  • 1969 - 1970

    Larry Hatfield

  • 1968 - 1969

    Albert Gariglietti

  • 1962 - 1968

    Bill Strukel

  • 1960 - 1962

    Elmer Kneebone

  • 1956 - 1960

    Hobart Ahrens

  • 1952 - 1956

    E.R. (Ernie) Stevens

  • 1948 - 1952

    Elmer Kneebone

  • 1946 - 1948

    Ernest R. Stevens

  • 1942 - 1946

    O.C. Burke

  • 1938 - 1942

    August Dorchy

  • 1934 - 1938

    Leon C. Delamaide

  • 1930 - 1934

    Pearl N. Robinson

  • 1928 - 1930

    J.M. Hyndman

  • 1926 - 1928

    Ross James

  • 1924 - 1926

    John D. Turkington

  • 1920 - 1924

    Milt Gould

  • 1916 - 1920

    G. Clint Webb

  • 1912 - 1916

    J.D. Turkington

  • 1910 - 1912

    E.J. Brazil

  • 1908 - 1910

    E.J. Merriweather

  • 1904 - 1908

    J.E. Walsh

  • 1899 - 1904

    M.G. Vincent

  • 1897 - 1899

    Ed T. Campbell

  • 1895 - 1897

    H.F. Adsit

  • 1892 - 1894

    Unavailable

  • 1890 - 1891

    L.D. Herlocker

  • 1889 - 1890

    J.W. Connor

  • 1888 - 1889

    Robert Sharp

  • 1887 - 1888

    William H. Braden

  • 1883 - 1886

    Unavailable

  • 1881 - 1882

    Jas. McMurray

  • 1878 - 1880

    W.M. Braden

  • 1876 - 1878

    S.R.Greenwood

  • 1868 - 1875

    Unavailable

  • April 15, 1867

    J.M. Ryan

Timeline of Elected Sheriffs in Crawford County

County History

Crawford County is located in the southeastern corner of the State of Kansas. The County is bordered by the State of Missouri to the east and Cherokee County, Kansas to the South. Bourbon County, Kansas to the North; and Labette County and Neosho County, Kansas to the West.Crawford County It was created by the act of Feb. 13, 1867, and was named for Col. Samuel J. Crawford, at that time the governor of Kansas. The area of the county is 592 square miles. It is divided into nine townships, to-wit: Baker, Crawford, Grant, Lincoln, Osage, Sheridan, Sherman, Walnut and Washington. The general surface of the county is undulating, the water-courses flowing in three different directions. In the northeast Drywood, Bone and Coxes creeks flow northward to the Marmaton river; in the west Big and Little Walnut and Hickory creeks flow southwest to the Neosho; and in the southeast Lightning, Lime and Cow creeks flow southward, their waters finally reaching the Neosho.

Population

Crawford County is home to more than 35,000 residents, rising to almost 40,000 when Pittsburg State University is in session. The County is the 12th largest county in the state of Kansas, and is the largest county in southeastern Kansas. Crawford County is easily accessible by the new and improved US Highway 400 and the continued improvement of US Highway 69, north to Kansas City.

The County seat of Crawford County is Girard, while the largest population center of the County is Pittsburg. The courthouse is located on the square in Girard at 111 E. Forest.

Economics & Demographics

Crawford County Kansas is known for its coal mining heritage and the settlement of many different ethnic groups who came to the United States in search of work in the coal fields. Because of the diverse background of our immigrant population, Crawford County is blessed with good foods (noted in our legendary chicken and steak restaurants, and the annual Festa Italiana), colorful festivals and lively music; and the friendly, hard-working people. Our communities are enriched by the opportunities provided by Pittsburg State University. Our five local school districts, through partnership and cooperation, are periodically noted as some of the top schools in the state.

At the request of the Board of County Commissioners in 2006 the County Clerk’s Office produced a multi-media presentation (see videos) about the history of Crawford County. If you would like to receive a copy of the CD containing the presentation please contact the Clerk’s office.

Government

The Government of Crawford County is a three commissioner system. The Commissioners meet twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday), with the exception of holidays, in the County Courthouse at 10:00 AM. Seated with the Commissioners are the elected County Clerk and the appointed County Counselor. The Clerk and Counselor, in conjunction with the elected County Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Attorney, County Treasurer, and appointed officials in the county, carry out the legislative policies of the Board. The Kansas District Court is also located in the courthouse.

 

* J. W. Wallace, Lafayette Manlove and Henry Schoen were appointed special commissioners and F. M. Logan county clerk, for the purpose of organizing the county. The first meeting of the commissioners was held on March 16, 1867, and the first order was one dividing the county into nine civil townships. The second order divided the county into election precincts. Another order directed the clerk to give 30 days’ notice of an election to be held on April 15, 1867, for the election of county and township officers, and to decide the location of the permanent county seat. At the election J. W. Wallace, F. M. Mason and Andrew Hussong were elected commissioners; F. M. Logan, clerk; and J. M. Ryan, sheriff. The county seat question was not decided at that time, and in September Crawfordsville was selected as temporary seat of justice.