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Civil Officer
Captain Terry A. Hamilton

Terry Hamilton joined the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 as a Special Deputy, in 1982 he was

placed as a Commander of the Special Deputy Division which he was in charge of for 18 years.

Terry was hired full time in 1989 as a Corrections Officer, and soon after was placed as a patrol officer where he went through the

ranks to Lieutenant and shift supervisor. In 2003 he assumed the position of Civil Officer. He was promoted to Captain in 2007.

Capt.. Hamilton was elected Ashland Counties first Deputy of the year in 1993 by his work peers, and

was later elected as Officer of the year for 2000, 2002 and again for 2006.

His hobbies include attending car races and baseball and softball games, fishing and golfing, and Shriners International.

If you have any questions involving Sheriff's Sales or Foreclosures, you may contact Capt. Hamilton.

 by phone at (419) 289-8942

or E-mail him at:

The Civil Office may also be reached at (419) 289-1501

  Sheriff's Sales  
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Properties Processed 267 202 144 142 119
Actual Properties Sold 159 119 96 94 75
Sold to Bank 135 92 26 27 47
Sold to Thrird Party 24 27 70 67 28
Withdrawn from Sale       48 44


Ellen Gribben
Administrative Assistant  

Miriam Dziak
Civil Clerk


The Civil Office is the financial hub of the Sheriff's Office, being responsible for all money coming into the office both from paper processing fees and Sheriff's sales. Capt.. Terry Hamilton supervises this Division. He is assisted by Ellen Gribben and Sherry Kitts. The Civil Office responsibilities are varied and include:

  • Providing administrative support to Sheriff Risner in the area of correspondence and budgeting. Also performs additional duties and assignments as requested.
  • Payroll/Personnel. This office prepares the payroll for Deputies, Special Deputies, and Rotary. All personnel records including vacation, sick leave, and personal day records are maintained. There are ninety-six full and part-time employees.
  • Court Documents. The Civil Office prepares Court and other related documents for Deputies, including Warrants. The Paper process is then invoiced to the appropriate agencies or individuals for service costs and accrued fees and Foreign Summons dockets are documented.
  • Property Executions, Sheriff Sales, and Personal. The Civil Office responds to phone questions regarding property being offered, prepares newspaper advertisements, prepares Deeds for property sold and distributes proceeds from sales in accordance with Court Orders.
  • Accounts Payable. Reviews invoices for accuracy and approval and submits invoices for payment. Prepares Purchase Orders, specifies funds to be used per Sheriff Risner, reconcile ledge with the monthly county printout.
  • Bookkeeping. Prepares pay-in to the General Fund, reconciles cashbook, checkbook and bank statements.
  • Mailing out of Grand Jury and Petit Jury Venires are also the Civil Office responsibility. The Civil Office also handles correspondence, summaries, reports and minutes. Office files, ordering supplies and mail distribution round out this Division's responsibilities.


Type of Service
  2011 2012 2013
Subpoenas 1,004 792 747
Summons 353 241 192
Indictment 31 45 41
Orders 14 8 5
Motions 8 20 23
Notice 128 118 151
Debtor Exam 2 1 1
Grand Jury Subpoena 175 140 135
Protection Orders 92 38 41
Warrant On Complaint 11 7 8
Warrant On Probation Violation 14 27 29
Warrant to Convey 96 79 100
Warrant for Removal 12 34 28
Warrant on Contempt 42 67 39
Bench Warrant 99 103 76
Civil Subpoena 6 5 3
Civil Summons 11 211 188
Executions 2 0 1
Writs 13 15 15
Judgments 2 0 1
Foreign Paper Services 233 241 192
 Child Support Enforcement
Totals 2,348








Ashland County Sheriff's Office
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Non-Emergency Phone: (419) 289-3911

Jail Phone: (419) 281-9009

Fax Number: (419) 281-2060