Keeping the Peace
Serving the Process and Orders of the Courts
The sheriff to executes and returns, according to law, the process and orders of the courts of record and of officers of competent authority.
It is the duty of the sheriff to execute within the county all writs and other process legally issued and directed to the sheriff and make due return thereof, either personally or by a lawful deputy or, in civil lawsuits only, by a lawfully appointed civil process server.
It is also the duty of the sheriff to levy every writ of execution upon a defendant’s property.
Attending the Courts
The sheriff is charged with the custody and security of the courthouse. It is the duty of the sheriff to prevent trespasses, exclude intruders, and keep the courthouse and the courthouse grounds in order. The sheriff is also responsible for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of the courthouse.
Operating the Jail
The sheriff is charged with receiving those persons lawfully committed to the jail and with keeping them personally or by deputies or jailer until they are lawfully discharged.
It is the duty of the sheriff to be constantly at the jail or have someone there with the keys to liberate the prisoners in case of fire.