Lancaster County was organized in the Nebraska Territory in 1855. The first move for the organization of Lancaster County was in the fall of 1859. In 1861, Louis J. Loder was appointed the first sheriff and county clerk of the county. The first elected sheriff of the county was William Pemberton in 1863. By the 1870s, Lancaster County was growing rapidly. Since the establishment of the Office of the Sheriff in Lancaster County, thirty-two sheriffs have held the office. In the early years, a number of prominent businessmen held the Office of the Sheriff. Two of those were Samuel McClay and Granville Ensign, both Civil War veterans and prominent Republicans.
Sergeant Franklin Furrer
Although he was not inducted into the Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, the death of Sergeant Franklin Furrer on November 16, 1973, is still commemorated by his coworkers. Sgt. Furrer was involved in a narcotics raid at a residence near the town of Walton when he was stricken with a heart attack. Twenty days after suffering the heart attack, Sergeant Furrer died. In 1995, Sergeant Furrer's death was determined to be a line-of-duty death, and his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The last few decades have witnessed the evolution of an office stretching to meet the public expectations of training and professionalism, service and response to the rural community, and burgeoning responsibilities to the Courts and public safety.
Learn about the Sheriff staff who have been added to the Nebraska Law Hall of Fame.
Over the decades, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has had several homes. In 1873 to 1874, a substantial masonry jail was built at 9th and K Streets in Lincoln.
Find information about past Lancaster County sheriffs.