|Roane County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||West Virginia 25276||8 miles|
|Wirt County Sheriff's Office||Elizabeth||West Virginia 26143||11 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Ripley||West Virginia 25271||16 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Grantsville||West Virginia 26147||18 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Parkersburg||West Virginia 26101||26 miles|
|Ritchie County Sheriff's Office||Harrisville||West Virginia 26362||29 miles|
|Gilmer County Sheriff's Office||Glenville||West Virginia 26351||32 miles|
|Meigs County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Ohio 45769||34 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Winfield||West Virginia 25213||36 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Marietta||Ohio 45750||36 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff||Clay||West Virginia 25043||36 miles|
|Pleasants County Sheriff's Office||St. Marys||West Virginia 26170||36 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Point Pleasant||West Virginia 25550||38 miles|
|Kanawha County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||West Virginia 25301||40 miles|
|Braxton County Sheriff||Sutton||West Virginia 26601||42 miles|
|Gallia County Sheriff's Office||Gallipolis||Ohio 45631||42 miles|
|Doddridge County Sheriff's Office||West Union||West Virginia 26456||44 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.