Past Chiefs & Marshals

Last updated January 16, 2018

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2017- Present Chief Jimmy Holt

2013-2017 Chief Perry Lambert

2007 - 2013 
Chief Matt Dennis 

006-2007 Chief Milton Gillespie

2003-2006 Chief Brian Helkenberg

2000-2002 Chief Tommy Wilson

1999-2000 Chief Paul Ibbetson

1997-1999 Chief Doug Murphy

1981-1997 Chief Tim Downum
Worked for the Labette County Sheriffs department, and the Fredonia Police department before coming to Cherryvale in 1980.

1980 - 1981 Steve Coltharp 

1979 - 1980 Rick Norton

1978 - 1979  Marvin Oldham

1976 - 1978 Ron Curran from 

1974 - 1976 Chief  Raymond  Buffington

1963 - 1974 Robert Leahew

1961-1963  Harold Nookes

1958 - 1961  Leo Kolb

1952-1958  Bugs Clark

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1937-1942 Chief Elmer Short
Appointed January 10th, 1938

1923 - 1937 Chief Bert Grigg
Made an arrest on first attempted beer sale on 7-28-33 after a local business received a federal liquor license.  At the time the city had such patrons passing through town as Pretty Boy Floyd (9-4-1933)

 who grew up in Oklahoma.  Floyd was killed on October 22, 1934, when FBI agents shot him near East Liverpool, Ohio.

1903 - 1923
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1901-1903 Marshal William G. Jones - KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Cherryvale City Marshal William G. Jones was shot on the afternoon of December 27, 1903, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a local resident. Jones and his deputy knocked on the door of the local citizen and, not being welcomed, forced their way into the dwelling. As Marshal Jones climbed the stairs in search of suspect, the man fired on him from above. Jones' deputy sought medical attention for the marshal as soon as possible, but Jones died of his wounds early the next morning. The day of the funeral the entire town of Cherryvale shut down, and attended the funeral of Marshal Jones. The above headline is from the Cherryvale Republican dated January 1, 1904. Marshal Jones, a Kentuckian who served as a Deputy Sheriff in Laurel County Kentucky before coming to Kansas. Lived in Kansas for 2 years, and was 38 years of age at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and three children.

1883 - 1901
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1883-? Marshal J. M. Hop 
Appointed City Marshal on May 12th, 1883.

1880-1883 Marshal J. C. Cunningham - First Town Marshal
* The first form of law enforcement in Cherryvale is established when Marshal J.C. Cunningham is appointed City Marshal on April 5th, 1880.

* James Clayton Cunningham, Section 24, Township 32, Range 17 east, P. O. Cherryvale, Montgomery Co., Kas., was born in Fayette County, Ohio, March 26, 1839. Came with his parents at the age of six years to Illinois, where he was educated in the common schools.

Was married October 13, 1864, to Miss Mary Ann, eldest daughter of George T. Bell, of Marshall County, Illinois. She was born April 28, 1844, in the same county, was liberally educated at Bloomington Female College, and taught several terms of school in her native State.

They have two sons, George C., born in Marshall County, Ill., April 23, 1871, and Virgil B., born in Labette County, Kas., October 6, 1876.

Mr. Cunningham came to Kansas in the fall of 1871, and settled in Big Hill Creek Valley, four miles southeast of Cherryvale, and is now the owner of one of the best farms in the county, containing 380 acres, including fifty acres of timber, with first-class improvements and buildings; is also the owner of considerable stock, consisting mostly of cattle, horses and swine. Mr. C. is a prominent member of the A.F.&A.M., and the I.O.O.F., societies, and also with Mrs. C. is a member of the O.E.S. (per Cutler's History of Kansas 1883)