Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (Pennsylvania)

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation MCSO
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Patch.JPG
Patch of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Logo Kilkenny.jpg
Badge of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Agency overview
Formed 1784
Employees 129
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Montgomery County in the state of Pennsylvania, USA
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County.svg
Map of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Montgomery County Court House
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Agency executives
  • Sean P. Kilkenny, Sheriff
  • T. Michael Beaty, Chief Deputy
Stations 1
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office provides police protection for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in conjunction with local and Pennsylvania State Police. Pennsylvania law calls for the Sheriff to be elected every four years. Sheriff John P. Durante died suddenly on February 10, 2010 and Chief Deputy Sheriff Alfred J. Ricci became the Acting Sheriff. On May 6, 2011, Eileen Whalon Behr, who had been appointed Sheriff by the Governor and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, was sworn in to serve the balance of John P. Durante's term. Behr had previously served as Chief of Police in Whitemarsh Township.[1] Behr was subsequently elected to a full four-year term on November 8, 2011.[2]

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office became the first sheriff's office in Pennsylvania to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commission on January 29, 2010.[3] The Office was re-accredited on June 6, 2013.[4] The office, with the assistance of the District Attorney's Office and a federal grant, also acquired three K-9's in October, 2013.[5][dead link]

On Friday, December 20, 2013, Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr announced that she would be stepping down as Sheriff to accept the position of Police Chief at Drexel University in Philadelphia.[6] On Friday, January 17, 2014, Captain Gregory L. Womelsdorf became Acting Sheriff due to Sheriff Behr stepping down and the retirement of Chief Deputy Alfred J. Ricci.[7] On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett nominated former Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono to serve as Sheriff for the remainder of Sheriff Behr's term.[8] He was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 [9] and sworn in as Sheriff on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.[10] On May 15, 2014, former Norristown Police Chief Willie G. Richet was appointed as Chief Deputy.[11]

On November 4, 2015, Sean P. Kilkenny was elected[12] as Sheriff of Montgomery County, and was sworn in on Monday, January 5, 2016. He is also a municipal and land use attorney in Montgomery County. Sheriff Kilkenny appointed Whitemarsh Township Police Chief T. Michael Beaty as his Chief Deputy. Beaty immediately retired from the Whitemarsh Township Police Department and was sworn in as the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.


The Sheriff's Office serves all civil and criminal writs and provides transportation for all prisoners, in addition to securing courtrooms and prisoners. The Sheriff's Office is also responsible for issuing license to carry firearms (LTCF). In Montgomery County, the Sheriff's Office also operates a bomb disposal team, DUI processing centers, a County Emergency Response Team, and a K-9 Unit.


  • 1784 Zebulon Potts
  • 1787 Francis Swain
  • 1790 Henry Kooken
  • 1793 Nathan Pawling
  • 1795 Isaiah Wells
  • 1795 John Pugh
  • 1798 John Markley
  • 1801 Isaiah Wells
  • 1804 William Henderson
  • 1807 David Dewees
  • 1810 Isaiah Wells
  • 1813 Thomas Lowry
  • 1816 Justice Scheetz
  • 1819 Philip Sellers
  • 1822 Philip Boyer
  • 1825 Christian Snyder
  • 1828 Jones Davis
  • 1831 Henry Longaker
  • 1834 John Todd
  • 1837 Ardemus Stewart
  • 1840 Jacob Spoug
  • 1843 James Wells
  • 1846 John Boyer
  • 1849 Philip Hahn
  • 1852 M. C. Boyer
  • 1855 Samuel D. Rudy
  • 1858 John M. Stauffer
  • 1861 Francis Kile
  • 1864 E. N. Beysher
  • 1867 Philip Gerhart
  • 1868 William J. Bolton
  • 1868 John W. Hunsicker
  • 1871 Jeremiah B. Larzelere
  • 1874 John Linderman
  • 1877 Jacob Tyson
  • 1880 Joseph Frankenfield
  • 1883 Edwin S. Stahlnecker
  • 1887 Henry C. Kline
  • 1890 Clinton Royer
  • 1893 Albert D. Simpson
  • 1896 Charles Johnson
  • 1899 John K. Light
  • 1902 John Larzelere
  • 1905 Edgar Matthews
  • 1908 Chauncey J. Buckley
  • 1912 Charles E. Schwartz
  • 1916 Louis A. Nagle
  • 1920 Jacob Hamilton
  • 1924 William H. Fox
  • 1928 George M. Fratt
  • 1932 Haseltine S. Lever
  • 1936 Edwin H. Bellis
  • 1938 Gilbert S. Jones (Acting)
  • 1940 R. Ronald Dettre
  • 1944 Samuel M. Glass
  • 1956 Peter J. Reilly
  • 1964 Merrill A. Bucher
  • 1968 Jeremiah P. Delaney
  • 1980 Frederick B. Hill
  • 1984 Frank Jenkins
  • 1984 Frank P. Lalley
  • 2000 John P. Durante
  • 2010 Alfred J. Ricci (Acting)
  • 2011 Eileen Whalon Behr
  • 2014 Gregory L. Womelsdorf (Acting)
  • 2014 Russell J. Bono
  • 2016 Sean P. Kilkenny

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Phucas, Keith. "Eileen Behr sworn in as sheriff". Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Hessler, Jr., Carl. "ELECTION 2011: Behr victorious in sheriff's race". Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ Phucas, Keith. "Sheriff's department reaches milestone". Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Clark, Dan. "Montgomery County Sheriff's Department receives re-accreditation". Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  5. ^ Gibbons, Margaret. "Montco sheriff introduces two new staff members". The Intelligencer. Calkins Media. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  6. ^ Burdo, Alison. "MontCo Sheriff Resigns for Drexel Job". NBC 10 Philadelphia. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  7. ^ Clark, Dan. "Montgomery County Sheriff's Department names acting Chief Deputy Sheriff". The Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  8. ^ Clark, Dan. "Gov. Corbett nominates former Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono as Montgomery County Sheriff". The Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  9. ^ Clark, Dan. "Pa. Senate confirms Bono as Montgomery County sheriff". The Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  10. ^ Clark, Dan. "Former Norristown police Chief Bono sworn in as Montgomery County sheriff". The Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  11. ^ Clark, Dan. "Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono appoints Willie Richet chief deputy". The Times Herald. Journal Register PA. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  12. ^ Wills, Brendan (November 3, 2015). "Kilkenny defeats Bono, plans to breathe new life into the sheriff's department.". Retrieved February 25, 2016. 

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