Arizona County Sheriff
Roles and responsibilities of the Sheriff
The County Sheriff must reside in the county that they are elected in and they cannot practice law while serving as Sheriff. The County Sheriff is elected to office for a term of four years. County Sheriff’s in Arizona has the power to enforce the law in unincorporated areas of the county, serve superior court orders and warrants all over the county, collect delinquent taxes, conduct and/or coordinate search and rescue missions in the county and oversee the county jail and care of prisoners. The sheriff also has legal authority over all county elected offices. The sheriff can authorize offices in any city or town outside the county when it is presumed to be in the public’s best interest. The office of the County Sheriff can call for the assistance of as many citizens of the county as necessary to fulfill their duties and obligations. The sheriff can also form a posse if he or she believes it is necessary.