About the Sheriff’s Office


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HISTORY

San Benito County was established on February 12, 1874, from the inland portion of Monterey County. The city of Hollister was chosen as the county seat. The county grew so quickly that in 1887, additional acreage, including the New ldria quicksilver mines, was acquired from Merced and Fresno Counties. The boundaries have remained unchanged since 1887. San Benito County is 1,396 square miles – 893,440 acres.

The first San Benito County sheriff was B.F. Ross. Sheriff Ross served the county from 1874 to1877. He served a second time from 1884 to1887. Since then, the county has grown rapidly. In 1880, the population was 1,000; by 1980 it grew to 23,005; and today the population is over 50,497.
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The San Benito County jail was built in 1949. The jail was located upstairs and housed up to 50 prisoners in shared cells. The original building remains today, however, a new jail facility was built on Flynn Road which opened November 1992.

 

 

Previous San Benito County Sheriffs:

B.F. Ross 1874-1877

B.F. Ross
1874-1877

W.T. Brown 1877-1882

W.T. Brown
1877-1882

W.F. Burnett 1882-1884

W.F. Burnett
1882-1884

J.A. Kearney 1887-1888

J.A. Kearney
1887-1888

S.E. Kent 1888-1890

S.E. Kent
1888-1890

 

 

 

E.E. Holbrook 1890-1898

E.E. Holbrook
1890-1898

J.J. Croxon 1898-1934

J.J. Croxon
1898-1934

M.P. Hubler 1934-1940

M.P. Hubler
1934-1940

A.G. Fruits 1940-1953

A.G. Fruits
1940-1953

John Lucchetti 1953-1974

John Lucchetti
1953-1974

 

 

 

 

Julian Medina 1974-1983

Julian Medina
1974-1983

Robert Scattini 1983-1987

Robert Scattini
1983-1987

Harvey Nyland 1987-1999

Harvey Nyland
1987-1999

Curtis Hill 1999-2011

Curtis Hill
1999-2011