|Kanawha County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||West Virginia 25301|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Winfield||West Virginia 25213||19 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Madison||West Virginia 25130||22 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Hamlin||West Virginia 25523||26 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff||Clay||West Virginia 25043||31 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Ripley||West Virginia 25271||33 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||West Virginia 25840||35 miles|
|Roane County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||West Virginia 25276||35 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||40 miles|
|Nicholas County Sheriff's Office||Summersville||West Virginia 26651||43 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Point Pleasant||West Virginia 25550||44 miles|
|Gallia County Sheriff's Office||Gallipolis||Ohio 45631||44 miles|
|Cabell County Sheriff's Office||Huntington||West Virginia 25701||44 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Wayne||West Virginia 25570||45 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.