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The primary MISSION of the Sheriff’s Office shall be the protection of the public.  The Sheriff and its Employees treat every individual with dignity and respect.

The Philosophy of the Sheriff’s Office shall be to protect the public by providing public safety services to the citizens of Nantucket County.  The Sheriff’s Office provides public safety and demonstrates its commitment to the community by providing the following services:

  • Transportation of prisoners to and from the divisions of the Trial Court

  • Transportation of prisoners to and from Barnstable House of Correction via boat or plane

  • Service of Judicial/Civil Process

  • Enforcement of Laws enacted for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people

  • Assisting the public with landlord/tenant issues




Sheriff James A. Perelman is serving his third term as Sheriff for Nantucket County.  He was elected in November of 2010, and sworn into office on January 3, 2023.


Sheriff Perelman has been a year round resident of Nantucket since 1970.  He fell in love with the Island and the close knit community that it has.  He donates much of his time to charitable events such as the Cure for Cancer, The Autism Walk, Nantucket Aids Network, Palliative Care of Nantucket, Fairwinds Counseling Center, A Safe Place and the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club.


Sheriff Perelman was a Nantucket Court Officer for 5 ½ years and has been an election worker for the last seventeen years.   He has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1981.


The Nantucket Sheriff’s Office has changed dramatically since January of 2010, when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts assumed funding obligation for the seven Sheriffs serving in the remaining county governments. 


Sheriff Perelman maintains a close partnership with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office which, by contract, provides incarceration for persons arrested and sentenced from the Nantucket District or Superior Court. 



The Nantucket Sheriff Office loves giving back and being part of the community. Throughout the years, the Nantucket Sheriff has personally been involved in local programs that give back to the island. Some of those programs are:

                  • The Bicycle Safety Program

                  • The "National Night Out" in August

                  •  Elder Expo - Held in the fall at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital

                  •  Isle Return Program

                  •  File of Life

                  •  Supporter of Fairwinds | Nantucket Counselors | Addiction & Recovery

                  •  Gun Locks | Handout

                  •  Nantucket Boys and Girls Club

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