The Rockingham County Annual Report is online for the following
years: 2014-1985 and 1876. See archives
Michael W. Downing
Rockingham County High Sheriff
"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
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.
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010,
1876 Annual Report:
(oldest annual report on file in the county