Duties of the Sheriff

Primary Responsibilities

The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Arresting offenders
  • Conducting criminal investigations
  • Providing courthouse and courtroom security
  • Providing general law enforcement protection
  • Serving criminal and civil warrants


The Sheriff has both criminal and civil jurisdiction in both York County and the City of Poquoson. However, deputies concentrate their law enforcement activities within York County as the City of Poquoson has a municipal Police Department. The Sheriff's Office serves civil process and provides courtroom security for the City on a routine basis, and provides other services as called upon or is necessary.