A sheriff was an elected government official who served as the primary law enforcement officer of a specific area, mostly performing similar tasks to that of a police officer.
In 1876, Seth Bullock arrived in the gold-rich mining camp of Deadwood, South Dakota, being a former marshal from Montana looking to open Star & Bullock Hardware with his friend Sol Star rather than continue the life of a lawman. After carrying out several often inadvertent acts of justice and becoming a known figure throughout the town, Bullock still tried his best to avoid becoming a sheriff in elections, but when poker dealer Con Stapleton was elected as a corrupt sheriff through a reluctant Tom Nutall, Bullock saw to it that the fool was removed from office and ended up taking on the job himself with his friend Charlie Utter as a deputy.
- Con Stapleton - Deadwood, South Dakota: 1876
- Seth Bullock - Deadwood, South Dakota: 1876 - 1899
- Charlie Utter † - Deadwood, South Dakota: from 1877, under Sheriff Seth Bullock
- Harry Manning † - Deadwood, South Dakota: until 1889, under Sheriff Seth Bullock