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Badge Image Butte Co. Sheriff's Office
Mission Statement
Dept. Positions
Dept. Auxiliary
Dept. Divisions
Special Enforcement
Community and Education
Contact Info
Emblems of Honor
The star, in various forms, has been a symbol of law enforcement in California since the days of the gold rush. It continues to be worn as a symbol of pride and an emblem of the trust that Butte County citizens place in their law enforcement officers.

The patch of the Butte County Sheriff's Office, like the badge, is highly symbolic. The bear represents the State of California. The bottom of the patch is blue, representing the rivers, streams, and beautiful Lake Oroville. The bear stands on a mountain side, representing the Sierra Nevada foothills, which rise at the east side of Butte County. The tree represents the forests within Butte County and the timber industry which is an integral part of Butte County's economy.

Sheriff's of Butte County

J.Q. Wilber 1850-1851

E.K. Dodge 1852-1853

Peter Freer 1854-1857

N.D. Plum 1858-1859

W.O. Middleton 1860-1863

F.W. Day 1864-1867

T.F. Miller 1868-1871

S.L. Daniels 1872-1875

William Schneider 1876-1877

F.A. Sprague 1878-1882

Sam McClellan 1883-1886

J.M. Ball 1887-1892

R.A. Anderson 1893-1894

S.H. Wilson 1895-1906

J.M. Chubbuck 1907-1910

J.B. Webber 1911-1914

W.R. Riddle 1915-1918

J.B. Webber 1919-1922

R.N. Anderson 1923-1926

C.W. Toland 1927-1934

Alvin Kister 1935-1938

Herb Taylor 1939-1942

W.A. Forward 1943-1950

Larry Gillick 1951-1982

Hal Brooks 1983-1986

Leroy Wood 1987-1990

Mick Grey 1991- 1998

Scott Mackenzie 1999- Present

Butte County History Tidbits

Trivia question: What make of patrol cars did the Butte County Sheriff's Office use in 1935?


Answer: The Sheriff's Office had one 1935 Graham eight automobile.

An interesting character in Butte County history is Black Bart. Black Bart was a stagecoach bandit who held up twenty-eight coaches between 1875 and 1883. He wore a flour sack over his head and carried an unloaded shotgun. He was also known as being a terrible poet, even signing his horrid attempts at prose as "Black Bart the Po8".
Black Bart Robbed two stagecoaches in Butte County during his tarnished career. The first holdup was accomplished in Oroville on the road that would later bear his name. Black Bart's real name was C.E. Bolton, and his unlawful career has brought to an abrupt halt when he dropped a handkerchief at the scene of one of his crimes. That handkerchief was traced back to him through a laundry in San Francisco. He was convicted and sent to San Quentin Prison. One of the stagecoaches that he robbed and his picture are prominently displayed at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.