Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh

Carolyn Bunny Welsh of Chadds Ford, PA is the first woman to be elected Sheriff of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She has served since January, 2000 and is one of only 40 female sheriffs in the nation. She is the first woman to be elected president of a graduating class at the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) at the Department of Corrections in Longmont, Colorado. She served as a mentor for the 2014 NSI class.

In 1997 Sheriff Welsh was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her outstanding volunteer efforts in the community earned her the National “Eckerd 100 Women of 2000” award.  In 2002 Sheriff Welsh received the prestigious   “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women and Policing. In 2004 Sheriff Welsh was inducted into the International Police Association Hall of Fame, and received the March of Dimes Chester County Women of Achievement award.

 In July, 2009, Sheriff Welsh was sworn in as president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association. This was the first time in the 88 year history of the association that a woman has been elected to the top leadership position. In January, 2011 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). In June of 2015, she was elected as Sergeant at Arms for the NSA Executive Board.

Sheriff Welsh is a graduate of the Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Program and was awarded one of the “30 Remarkable Women Making Domestic Violence History” by the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence.

Under the leadership of Sheriff Welsh, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2008 and 2011, the CCSO was selected as the top sheriff’s office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Crime Prevention and Community Outreach.

Sheriff Welsh is active in many community organizations and is a member of the Rotary Club of West Chester. She is Vice President of the Chester County Hero Fund and on the Board of the Chester County Family Academy and the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. She also serves on the board of the National Flag Foundation and the Chester County Industrial Development Authority.

In 2014 she was named one of the 24 power women by the Philadelphia Main Line Today Magazine.

Sheriff Welsh serves as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Among her many accomplishments, Sheriff Welsh is also the mother of four, and grandmother of nine.