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Sheriff's Office

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to protecting and serving each and every citizen.  One way we can do this is by keeping you informed and up-to-date about what’s happening within Washington County and our office.  We believe this will enable you to better protect your family, your property, and yourself.  The development of this web site represents only a small portion of our continuing commitment to keep the citizens of Washington County safe and informed.  Whether you are a local citizen or from out of state surfing the world wide web, we hope our site will be both informative and enjoyable.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has a staff of 30 employees as well as reserve officers serving more than 17,000 citizens across an area of some 1,080 square miles.  Washington County is located approximately 60 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, and exceeds 682,000 acres of land. About 88 percent of the land area is situated forest and pine plantations.

Washington County was created on 1800 June 4, as a county of the Mississippi Territory. Its original boundaries were the Chattahoochee River to the east, the Pearl River to the west, the 32nd parallel to the north and the 31st parallel to the south. It currently encompasses 1,081 square miles. Its area originally contained 26,400 square miles. The county was named for George Washington. The area of Washington County was later divided into 16 Mississippi counties and 29 Alabama counties.

Josiah D. Lister is  first sheriff documented beginning in 1819. Since then, a total of 42 men have served as Sheriff.