From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Dillard, William O., Sr.

(born: Sept. 20, 1938  -  died: Jan. 11, 2022) 

William O. Dillard, Sr. was born in Hopkinsville, KY. In 1968, he became the first African American deputy sheriff in Christian County and in 1981 the first African American elected sheriff in Kentucky. He received his law enforcement training at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dillard died in 2022. See his obituary and a photograph at

For more see "Kentucky's first black sheriff one of six black county officials," in the 1982 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Sixth Report, by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 18; and Profiles of Contemporary Black Achievers of Kentucky, by J. B. Horton.

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