Republican Committee of Chester County

Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh


Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh of Chadds Ford, PA is the first woman to be elected Sheriff of Chester County. She is the only female sheriff in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and one of only 38 female sheriffs in the nation. She is also the first woman to be elected president of a class at the National Sheriffs Institute at the Department of Corrections in Longmont, Colorado.

Under Bunny’s leadership, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2008, the CCSO was selected as the top sheriff’s office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Crime Prevention and Community Outreach.

In July 2009, Bunny was sworn in as president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association. This is the first time in the 88 year history of the association that a woman has been elected to the top leadership position. In June of 2005, Bunny was selected by the FBI Training Committee and graduated from the Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Program “LEEDS”. In 2006, she was presented with an award for “30 Remarkable Women Making Domestic Violence History” by the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence. In 2004, Sheriff Welsh was inducted into the International Police Association Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the 2004 March of Dimes, Chester County Women of Achievement, Public Service award. Additionally, she was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association.

In 2002, Bunny received the prestigious “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women and Policing. In 1997, Bunny was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She received numerous Pennsylvania Senatorial Citations and commendations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Among her many accomplishments, Bunny is also the mother of four, and grandmother of eight.