[ noun ] (law) the principal law-enforcement officer in a county
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
`` Everything went real smooth '' , the sheriff said .(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)
They were reluctant to appoint sheriffs to protect the property , thus running_the_risk of creating disturbances such_as that on the Vermejo , and yet the cowboys protested that they got no salary for arresting cattle_thieves and running_the_risk of being shot .
Although wanted by the sheriff for killing an old_man named Asher_Jones , the warrant for his arrest had never been served .
The sheriff and District_Attorney_Mills hastily swore_out a number of warrants against men who had been riding about armed , according_to signed statements by Chavez and Dr._I._P._George , and ordered Deputy_Barney_Clark of Raton to rescue the posseman .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12949