Sheriff Tip: Have us do a security check on your home/Business while you are gone.

Grant County Sheriffs


Sheriffs that appear as a link have biographical information available.
  • 1835 - 1836     James H. D. Street
  • 1837 - 1838     Peter Coyle
  • 1839 - 1842     Harvey Pepper
  • 1843 - 1844     Enos S. Raker
  • 1845 - 1846     N. W. Kendall
  • 1847 - 1850     Matthew Wood
  • 1851 - 1852     George R Stuntz
  • 1853 - 1854     William McGonigal
  • 1855 - 1856     Lorenzo Preston
  • 1857 - 1858     Dexter Ward
  • 1859 - 1860     William H. Foster
  • 1861 - 1862     Johnathan B. Moore
  • 1863 - 1864     N. Goodenough
  • 1865 - 1866     William H. Clise
  • 1865 - 1866     J. P. Cox
  • 1869 - 1870     William H. Clise
  • 1871 - 1872     William E. Sloat
  • 1873 - 1874     Terrence Carrier
  • 1875 - 1876     J. B. McCoy
  • 1877 - 1878     Matt H. Birchard
  • 1879 - 1880     Gay D. Streeter
  • 1879 - 1880     John Cover
  • 1881 - 1882     Jno F. Lane
  • 1883 - 1884     J. L. Rewey
  • 1885 - 1886     Ora Richards
  • 1887 - 1888     John Dolphin
  • 1889 - 1890     F. D. Thompson
  • 1891 - 1892     M. V. Burris
  • 1893 - 1894     Jacob Miller
  • 1895 - 1896     William J. Dyer
  • 1897 - 1898     Horace Hymer
  • 1899 - 1900     John Faecett
  • 1901 - 1902     Charles F. Dickenson
  • 1903 - 1904     John W. Watson
  • 1905 - 1906     Robert Glenn
  • 1907 - 1908     Albert Budworth
  • 1909 - 1910     James M. Harchroad
  • 1911 - 1912     Wesley C. Hymer
  • 1913 - 1914     William B. Dyer
  • 1915 - 1916     Frank Heil
  • 1917 - 1918     Wesley C. Hymer
  • 1919 - 1920     Frank Heil
  • 1921 - 1922     R. P. Holmes
  • 1923 - 1924     Joseph Edge
  • 1925 - 1926     Harry Livingston
  • 1927 - 1928     Burt L. Morse
  • 1929 - 1932     Joe R. Greer
  • 1939 - 1940     Harry E. Greer
  • 1941 - 1942     Joe R. Greer
  • 1943 - 1946     Aloys M. Klaas
  • 1947 - 1950     Melvin Gillen
  • 1951 - 1954     Aloys M. Klaas
  • 1955 - 1958     Robert Seemeyer
  • 1959 - 1960     Naomi Seemeyer
  • 1961 - 1964     J. Dallas Wepking
  • 1965 - 1968     Roy Graney
  • 1969 - 1974     John Heer
  • 1975 - 1980     Percy Stich
  • 1981 - 1996     Herbert Hottenstein
  • 1997 - 2012     Keith D. Govier
  • 2012 - 2014     Nathan Dreckman

On May 29th, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state in the union. At that time, Grant County had already been protected by elected sheriffs for the previous 12 years. Grant County's first sheriff was James H.D. Street who served from 1835 to 1836. Sheriff Matthew Wood, Grant County's sixth sheriff was in office at the time of statehood.


Up until the late 1960's sheriffs in Wisconsin could only serve two terms. Because of this law there were many sheriffs who served two terms, let an election pass, and then ran again and were elected to the office of sheriff for another term.

One of those situations happened in the 1930's and 1940's when Joe Greer was elected sheriff first in 1929. After serving two terms Joe's son Harry Greer was elected. Joe Greer was then re-elected in 1935 and served two terms. Harry Greer was re-elected for one term in 1939. Joe Greer was then re-elected in 1941 and served one term. In addition to being the Grant County Sheriff, the flamboyant Joe Greer ran a Wild West Show that toured the Midwest and the South. Joe Greer was known nationally for his wild west show. Read more about Joe.


In 1955 Robert Seemeyer was elected as Grant County's 55th sheriff and was re-elected in 1957. Not being able to again succeed himself in office his wife, Naomi Seemeyer was elected as Grant County's 56th sheriff. Naomi was the first woman to have been elected Sheriff in Grant County.

In 1969 John Heer was elected sheriff in Grant County. With the change in the sheriff's succession law, Sheriff Heer was the first sheriff to serve more than two consecutive terms.


© 2010 LBJ Computers LLC all rights reserved