Annual Reports

The Rockingham County Annual Report is online for the following years: 2014-1985 and 1876.  See archives below. 

2014 Annual Report


Michael W. Downing

Michael W. Downing
Rockingham County High Sheriff

 Michael "Mike" Downing was the 39th High Sheriff of Rockingham County, an office first filled in 1683.  He was first elected as High Sheriff in 2010, and re-elected in 2012 and 2014. Strengthening the department's relationship with local police agencies and sharing resources to save taxpayer dollars were among Downing's priorities during his tenure. 

 Sheriff Downing had a long history of public service.  He served the citizens of New Hampshire as a State Trooper for eight years; he was a member of the 82nd Military Police Company and the 82nd Airborne US Army; he served the citizens of Salem for 11 years as a Police Officer; he served as a Military Aid to former NH Governor Jeanne Shaheen; he served six years as a State Representative; and later he served four years in the NH State Senate as a Senator and Minority Leader. 

 Downing’s service extended to many organizations, and included his role as the 301st Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, ASA Softball Coach, Salem Little League Coach, Knights of Columbus, Trustee of AMVETS Post #2, Past Chairman of Salemhaven Nursing Home and Silverthorne Adult Daycare, Rockingham County Law Enforcement Association, Rockingham County Chief of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association,  and NH Sheriffs’ Association.  He was also a founding board member of Isaiah 58, a nonprofit organization focused on the homeless population of Rockingham County.

Rockingham County High Sheriff Michael W. Downing passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015.  He is remembered by family and friends as a kind and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.  He is deeply missed, and it is hoped that the citizens of New Hampshire will remember him as a dedicated public servant.

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1876 Annual Report: Complete report

(oldest annual report on file in the county archives)