The first and only Sheriff appointed was P.G. Peterson. The first Sheriff elected was Cameron Reeves on October 8, 1856. Reeves took office in January 1857. From that point forward, all Sheriffs were elected into office. There have been 30 Sheriffs for Douglas County; the first five prior to Nebraska's statehood. The current Sheriff, Timothy F. Dunning, is serving his fourth term in office.
Today, with a population of 463,585, Douglas County has the largest population of all 93 counties in Nebraska, and includes the state's largest city. Douglas County covers 331 square miles bordered by the Missouri River on the east, Platte River on the west, Dutch Hall Road on the north and Harrison Street on the south.
The department employs 213 personnel, 129 sworn officers and 84 civilian employees, making it the largest Sheriff's Office in the state. The personnel deliver the full range of law enforcements services, including:
The department became nationally accredited in 2005 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).