History of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office

On June 30, 1857, J.C. Frost was appointed as the first Anoka County Sheriff by the County Board of Commissioners. He served one year. He was defeated in 1858 by Thomas Henderson. Thus began a succession of Sheriffs over the next 150 years. They are as follows:

1857 to 1858 J.C. Frost - appointed

Elected
1858 to 1862 Thomas Henderson
1862 to 1864 W.G. Randolph
1864 to 1868 Thomas Henderson
1868 to 1872 James Frost
1872 to 1874 M.V. Bean
1874 to 1884 James Frost
1884 to 1892 Chares W Lenfist
1892 to 1898 John Tierney
1898 to 1900 George W Merill
1900 to 1902 John Tierney
1902 to 1909 John Palmer
1909 to 1914 John Casey
1914 to 1930 US. "Red" Pratt
1930 to 1946 O.M. "Oscar" Olson
1946 to 1960 L.A. "Mike" Auspos
1960 to 1987 Ralph "Buster" Talbot
1987 to 1995 Ken Wilkinson
1995 to 2002 Larry Podany
2002 to 2011 Bruce Andersohn
2011-present James Stuart

Since 1857, Anoka County has grown considerably with over 330,000 residents today. The once rural county is part of the seven-county Metropolitan area and is comprised of 21 cities and townships, covering 440 square miles.