In 1845, the first legislature of Florida enacted a law stipulating that a Sheriff would be elected every two years within every county of the state.
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In Hillsborough County, the 47 eligible voters elected John Parker, a former military captain in the Seminole Indian Wars, as their first Sheriff. In the ten years following that time, the Sheriff's Office functioned as a one-man operation. Then, as now, law enforcement was the Sheriff's business, but he was also required to clean the courthouse, plant trees, and conduct an annual census of school-age children.
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