The High Sheriffs of Norfolk County



The office of Norfolk County Sheriff dates back to 1793, when Gov. John Hancock appointed Ebenezer Thayer as the first man to hold the office. The first nine sheriffs were appointed by governors until the Massachusetts legislature changed the law and made the Norfolk County Sheriff an elected position in 1856.

The office has had its share of distinguished and colorful characters. Among them:

Sheriff Benjamin Clarke Cutler presided over three death penalty executions in the early 1800s at the old Norfolk County Jail on Village Avenue in Dedham.

Sheriff Augustus Endicott ran the jail from 1885 until 1898 while simultaneously holding office as a state representative and Dedham selectman and serving as president of the Dedham National Bank and director of the Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

Beginning in 1898, Sheriff Samuel Capen held the office for 41 years, and prior to that was deputy sheriff for 21 years. He also served as the Canton Fire Chief and was a Canton police officer.

Sheriff Charles Hedges served from 1961 until 1975 after an illustrious military career. President Lydon Johnson named Hedges to a commission to help fight the nation's burgeoning crime problem in the 1960s.

After serving on the Quincy City Council and in the Massachusetts House, Sheriff Clifford H. Marshall was elected in to take over the reins in Norfolk County in 1975. Marshall was nationally known as a progressive innovator, initiating the electronic incarceration house arrest program to alleviate jail crowding. The sheriff started the first sexual assault unit in Norfolk County and created the Braintree Alternative Center (forerunner to the current Dedham Alternative Center) where community service and work release programs were held.


  • Patrick W. McDermott

    2021 - Present
  • Jerome P. McDermott

    2018 - 2021
  • Michael G. Bellotti

    1999 - 2018
  • John H. Flood

    1996 - 1999
  • Clifford H. Marshall

    1975 - 1996
  • Charles Hedges

    1961 - 1975
  • Peter M. McCormack

    1958 - 1961
  • Samuel Wragg

    1939 - 1958
  • Samuel Capen

    1898 - 1939
  • Augustus B. Endicott

    1885 - 1898
  • Rufus Corbin Wood

    1878 - 1885
  • John W. Thomas

    1857 - 1878
  • Thomas Adams

    1853 - 1857
  • John W. Thomas

    1852 - 1853
  • Thomas Adams

    1848 - 1852
  • Jerauld N. E. Mann

    1843 - 1848
  • John Baker, II

    1834 - 1843
  • Elijah Crane

    1812 - 1834
  • William Brewer

    1811 - 1812
  • Elijah Crane

    1810 - 1811
  • Benjamin Clark Cutler

    1798 - 1810
  • Atherton Thayer

    1794 - 1798
  • Ebeneezer Thayer

    1793 - 1794





Press Releases

Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Partners with Northeastern University to Help Justice-Involved Individuals Earn College Credit
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to Spread Seasonal Cheer with Holiday Happenings Celebrations
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Norfolk County Sheriff McDermott Hires Michael Ramos as Director of Community Affairs
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Norfolk County Sheriff McDermott Hires John Kalamvokis as Director of Information Technology
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Norfolk County Sheriff Calls for Increased Federal Funding for Behavioral Health Care
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office and Sharon Police Department to Host Free Summer Safety Fest at Crescent Ridge in Sharon
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Man for Several Years of Unpaid Child Support
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Alerts Residents of Potential Scam
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Are You OK? Program Saves Life of Norfolk County Senior
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NCSO Superintendent Danielle Frane Receives Spirit of MAWLE Leadership Award for Women in Law Enforcement
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Norfolk County Correctional Officer Receives Meritorious Recognition from Commonwealth for Lifesaving Efforts
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Residents Enjoy Sheriff’s Summer Safety Fest at Merrymount Beach
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NCSO Lieutenant Receives Massachusetts Medal of Lifesaving for Actions to Save Victim of Motorcycle Accident
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Norfolk County Sheriff, DA, and Treasurer Host Public Safety Alliance Summit
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NCSO Welcomes New Comfort Dog K9 Officer
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Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott Doubles Investment in Youth Leadership Academy by Expanding to Franklin
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Norfolk County Sheriff Appoints Danielle Frane as New Superintendent
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Norfolk County Sheriff McDermott Appoints Chris Bell as Special Sheriff
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Norfolk County Sheriffs Office Graduates First Class of Female Justice-Involved Individuals from Program with New England Wildlife
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Norfolk County Sheriffs Office Intercepts $14K Worth of Suboxone in Attempted Smuggling
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $25K Grant for Substance Abuse Treatment Program
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Updates “Coffee with the Sheriff” Dates, Locations
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Sheriff Patrick McDermott Announces New “Coffee with the Sheriff” Series
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Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Swears In New Class of Corrections Officers, Promotes Captains and Lieutenants
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Norfolk County Sheriff's Office to Host Holiday Happenings
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Awarded Accreditation from National Commission on Correctional Health Care
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Norfolk County Sheriffs Office Recognizes John King as Norfolk County Hero
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Sheriff Patrick McDermott Participates in Roundtable on Probation and Parole Practices with Robert Kraft and REFORM Alliance Group
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Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott Named to Body Camera Taskforce
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Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott Selected for National Inaugural Jail Administration Course
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Cohasset Eagle Scout Eric Hense as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to Host Back-to-School Family Movie Night
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NCSO Recognizes Tyler Forgeron as Norfolk County Hero
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NCSO Receives Grant to Help Break Down Language Barriers for Victims
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Nate Galante as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy Expands to Franklin
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NCSO Hosts Blood Drive in Honors of The Mighty Quinn
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Cynthia Lewis as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to Host Blood Drive in Honor of “The Mighty Quinn”
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Awarded Competitive Perkins Grant to Develop Workforce Training Program
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Awards Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office $700K Grant to Expand Opioid Treatment Program
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Sheriff Patrick W. McDermott Launches “Norfolk County Heroes” Initiative
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Sheriff McDermott Praises “Are You OK” Program for Recent Saves of Two Norfolk County Residents
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Patrick McDermott Sworn In as Norfolk County Sheriff
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