The Modern Role

The Modern Role is to:

  • Uphold and enhance the ancient Office of High Sheriff and to make a meaningful contribution to within the County during the year of Office.


  • Lend active support to the principal organs of the Constitution within their county – the Royal Family, the Judiciary, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, and all recognised church and faith groups.


  • Ensure the welfare of visiting High Court Judges; to attend on them at Court and to offer them hospitality.


  • Support the Lord-Lieutenant on royal visits and on other occasions as appropriate.


  • Take an active part in supporting and promoting voluntary organisations within a county and give all possible encouragement to voluntary organisations within the county, particularly those involved with crime reduction and social cohesion.


  • Serve as Returning Officer at general and local elections within the county and having responsibility for the Proclamation of the accession of a new Sovereign.

Being appointed as a modern-day High Sheriff gives you the most unique opportunity.

With it now being a mainly ceremonial and ambassadorial role, the role enables High Sheriffs to spend  12 months meeting, seeing, and visiting just about anyone and anywhere. High Sheriffs often use their term in office to promote a particular theme or interest as it is up to each individual to choose their focus, but always with crime prevention and community cohesion in mind.

The key events

The key events of the calendar from Mayor Making, to Armistice wreath laying, the Shrewsbury Flower Show to Christmas carol services are usually attended by the High Sheriff. You will support the Lord-Lieutenant at all times.

What to expect as an incoming High Sheriff

As soon as the new High Sheriff takes office, there will be a number of key personnel to make contact with. The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable and their team, and the Superintendent for the Local Policing Authority for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Incoming High Sheriffs may appoint police cadets or St John’s Ambulance Cadets to accompany them on official duties. Prisons and rehabilitation centres in neighbouring counties can also be contacted to arrange a visit, normally with the relevant county’s own High Sheriff acting as host.

High Sheriffs are also encouraged to make connection with the other emergency services, to the probation services and to other agencies involved with crime prevention, particularly among young people and High Sheriff will also meet with the Leaders and Chief Executive Officers of both Local Authorities and continue to do so throughout the year.

Before taking office, it is customary for incoming High Sheriff’s of Shropshire to contact as many charities and community groups as possible to introduce themselves.  Charities and organisations, both large and small will look to High Sheriffs for support, to thank their people and to help promote their work. There will be many invitations to attend events, receptions, seminars, make official visits from opening a new community centre to attending the mayor’s ball.

The privilege of being High Sheriff of Shropshire is in finding out what incredible work happens in our county and being able to say ‘thank you’ to the many hundreds of volunteers working across Shropshire.

If you would like to contact the High Sheriff of Shropshire please email:

“If you are a member of the judiciary or emergency services, either as a blue light or a volunteer and would like me to visit, please do let me know.”

– Brian Welti JP

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