sheriff

Constitutionally elected officer having responsibilities of law enforcement and administration of sheriffs department. Durrell v. Franklin County Com'rs, Me., 532 A.2d 146, 147.
The chief executive and administrative officer of a county, being chosen by popular election. His principal duties are in aid of the criminal courts and civil courts of record; such as serving process, summoning juries, executing judgments, holding judicial sales and the like. He is also the chief conservator of the peace within his territorial jurisdiction. When used in statutes, the term may include a deputy sheriff. He is in general charge of the county jail in most states.
See also constable
Deputy sheriff.
See deputy
@ sheriff's deed
A document giving ownership rights in property to a buyer at a sheriffs sale (i.e. a sale held by a sheriff to pay a court judgment against the owner of the property). Deed given at sheriffs sale in foreclosure of a mortgage. The giving of said deed begins a statutory redemption period
@ sheriff's sale
A sale, commonly by auction, conducted by a sheriff or other court officer to carry out a decree of execution or foreclosure issued by a court. Examples include sales pursuant to attachments, liens and mortgage defaults.
+ sheriff's sale
A sale of property, conducted by a sheriff, or sheriffs deputy by virtue of his authority as an officer holding process.
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