The Sheriff often gets drunk a lot and before he hangs, In the book, he holds the contradictory belief that its okay for white woman to kiss a black man but a black man can't kiss a white woman. He is the one that ultimately made Katherine Barlow Kissin' Kate Barlow (Katherine Barlow). He died by Katherine Barlow by gunshot and she kissed him after, hence the nickname "Kissin' Kate Barlow". The Sheriff did not help Katherine when people were lighting the school on fire. In the film, he is portrayed by Eric Peirpoint.