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Law EnforcerPlay
In modern times, a sheriff usually refers to the highest law enforcement officer of a county. SlideThe town's people trusted their sheriff to keep them safe.
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Electoral PositionPlay
The sheriff is a job one is voted into, not just hired for, in many places. SlideShe campaigned to become the next county sheriff.
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The term is more common in rural or less populated areas; large cities often have police chiefs instead. SlideRural counties have a sheriff, while large cities have a police chief.