On October 5, 1850, the territory north of Salt Lake City was organized into and named Davis County, in memory of Captain Daniel C. Davis. Davis served in the Mormon Battalion during the war with Mexico and led many immigrant groups across the plains to settle the west.
In March of 1853, Farmington, then known as Little Cottonwood, was approved by the Territorial Legislature as the County seat of Davis County. One year later, Lot Smith who, at the age of 16 served in the Mormon Battalion, was appointed the first sheriff of Davis County.
Since 1854, Davis County Sheriff’s Office has proudly served our community, during which time 31 sheriffs have stood at the helm of our agency. The Davis County Sheriff is one of ten elected Davis County officials and works closely with the County attorney, assessor, clerk/auditor, recorder, surveyor, treasurer, and a three-member board of commissioners.