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High Sheriff

High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff’s year falls on the public purse.

Contact the High Sheriff

The Staffordshire High Sheriff for 2021/2022 is:

James Friend

The Staffordshire Under Sheriff is:

Mrs Amy Glover

Secretary to the Under Sheriff - Miss Pat Chilton
Hand Morgan and Owen
17 Martin Street
Stafford
ST16 2LJ

Tel: 01785 211411

History and duties of the High Sheriff

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. In recent years High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work. The High Sheriff Association adopted DebtCred and Crimebeat in recent years in response to specific areas of need.

The correct way to address him/her is simply High Sheriff.

To find out more visit the website of the High Sheriff of Staffordshire.

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