Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh
Carolyn Bunny Welsh is the first woman to be elected Sheriff of Chester County Pennsylvania, a position she held from January 2000 until January 2020.
As one of only 40 female sheriffs in the nation, she is also the first woman to be elected president of a graduating class at the National Sheriffs Institute at the Department of Corrections in Longmont, Colorado. Shortly after, Sheriff Welsh was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Giving back to the community is a trait Welsh is well-known for her and through the years, she has collected many commendations and awards, locally, statewide and nationally. She is proud of every acknowledgement from breaking glass ceilings in her industry to serving on many prestigious committees and boards.
In July 2009, for the first time in its almost 100-year history, Sheriff Welsh was sworn in as the first female president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association. She currently serves as the first Vice President of the National Sheriffs Association and is again, the first woman to hold that position.
Under Welsh’s leadership, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous awards and recognitions and twice was honored as the top sheriff’s office in Pennsylvania for Crime Prevention and Community Outreach. She serves on the board of the National Flag Foundation, is a Republican Committeewoman in Chester County, and a member of the Republican State Committee.
In her political leadership role, Welsh has traveled to the White House as a member of the board of the National Sheriffs Association and was selected to serve on the National Advisory Board, Women For Trump. In 2019, she was named Vice Chairman for the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals.
Welsh lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania and is the mother of four, and grandmother of nine.