Payments to Philadelphia's city treasury and utilities, from mortgage foreclosures and delinquent tax, gas and water bills, surged to $58.3 million last year, a 40% jump from $34.4 million in 2013, according to a statement from the city's elected Sheriff, Jewell Williams. The office, which also transport prisoners, has in the past been accused of inefficiency and favoritism in its management of delinquent property accounts.

"The increase in revenue can be attributed to two changes," says Williams' office: First: a new policy "that requires purchasers of properties to make final settlement within thirty days after the sale is held. In the past, final payment could be made months after a property was sold." Second, "a new data management system which increased the speed of processing sales and collecting payments."

“The faster we get paid for properties, the faster we can send delinquent taxes and municipal fees to the City,” Williams said in a statement. The payments include $22.7 million in back taxes from foreclosed properties, $8.5 million in back water bills, and $5.4 million to the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works. 

Willaims also says his office has speeded up processing deeds to foreclosure buyers to "20 days or less," from "months" in the past. "People who purchase properties at sheriff sales need a deed to take possession of the property and return it to productive use," Wiliams added.


I am both honored and proud to be entering my second term in office, and encouraged by the many positive changes of 2015 that included even more technological advancements, expanded services, increased community outreach, an an overall transparency to the office unprecedented since it's inception.

We've expanded our working hours to 4:30 p.m., have added an extra day to our popular "How To Buy Property at a Sheriff's Sale Seminars", and expanded our community outreach to include workshops and classes once a month at Drexel University's Dornsife Center at 36th and Spring Garden Streets.

Our Defendant Asset Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) has returned close to a record $3 million to those owed money from property sold at a sheriff sale, and our radio show—“The Sheriff’s Roundup”—on WURD-AM has become quite popular in its time slot of the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m.

Our topics have ranged from informing consumers about holiday scams and illegal lockouts and evictions, to educating people on how to apply for funds that may be owed from the sheriff sale of a property.

Our presence in the community will continue to grow as we take on projects ranging from a read-a-thon in a challenged public school, to building a playground and strengthening our relationship with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) to issue even more Sheriff Clean Block Certificates to Block Captains across the city.

Between neighborhood block parties, seminars, clean block programs, workshops and special events, we directly contacted close to 15,000 people in 2015.

From the visit of The Pope to the The Puerto Rican Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, 2015 was a year for "stepping out" and "stepping up" to the challenges of shaping the office into the type of transparent and service-oriented place the public deserves.

We ended the year on a good note as our Sheriff's Deputies and members of our Bike Unit collected toys and book bags for children across the city--a perfect statement about the kind of commitment to community and duty in which this office has evolved.

I look forward to what lay ahead in 2016 because we have already set a solid foundation for future growth that we've built that began the first day I took office in 2012. 

So, sign up for a seminar or workshop on our web site, or browse properties, or fill out a specific form to help you in a legal matter--it's all here for you it is the goal of this office to make it as interactive and service-friendly as possible. 

Welcome to the Sheriff Sale WebApp, an interactive web application that allows you to browse properties for sale, view those properties as a list or on an interactive map, create custom lists that can be saved for future viewing, and easily download the information.

Searching for Properties

You can search for a property by its address, book/writ number, or Office of Property Assessment (OPA) number, and view all properties being sold at a particular Sheriff Sale. By using the "Advanced Search" features you can search properties by sale status, range of sale dates, opening bid, and attorney.

Browse Properties as a List or on an Interactive Map

In addition to viewing a list of properties being sold at auction, properties can also be browsed on an interactive map. That way you can see which properties are for sale in a particular neighborhood. Each property on the map is color coded depending on whether the property is a mortgage foreclosure sale, or a tax sale.

Discover Details about Properties for Sale

By clicking on individual properties, you can view details about that property including sale date, sale type, opening bid, attorney on record, property owner, assessed value, zoning designation, and more. You can also get a "Google Maps Street View" of the property.

Add Properties to a "My Favorites" List

After browsing through the properties, you can easily add properties you are interested in to a "My Favorites" list for easy reference. You can download that list and bring it with you to a Sheriff Sale.

Create and Save Custom Lists of Properties

The Sheriff Sale WebApp also makes it easy to query custom lists of properties across many parameters. By registering for an account, you can save your lists in the app for future reference.

Members of the Sheriff of Philadelphia's Bike Patrol Unit took to the streets of West Philadelphia to deliver bundles of toys on bikes and a truck that normally transports defendants back and forth to court was overflowing with bags of toys collected over several weeks by the Bike Unit and other employees of the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County. The toys were delivered to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia for those patients unable to be in their own homes and beds over the holidays.

PHILADELPHIA, PA--The Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County is seeking to hire qualified individuals for the position of Deputy Sheriff Officer December 22nd through January 2nd, 2015.

 “Deputy Sheriff Officers are highly trained in both law enforcement and civil procedures needed for this challenging, and rewarding position”, said Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams.

 Potential deputies must also undergo background checks and pass written exams, physical, agility, and physiological tests before being considered for the position.

State law requires all candidates to pass a 19-week course at Penn State University.  

All potential hires must either live in the City of Philadelphia, or become a resident within six months of hire.

For more information, and to fill out the online application, visit the web site of the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County at www.phillysheriff.com, or the City of Philadelphia’s web site at www.phila.gov.  (Look under the Personnel heading for the job description and access to an application).

Media contact: Joseph Blake at 215-686-3572

Philadelphia, Dec. 3—The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Bicycle Patrol Unit has put together a Holiday Toy Drive that starts today and runs through December 19th, 2014. The unit is seeking donations of new, unwrapped, infant and/or adolescent gifts for those children still hospitalized over the holidays.

 Whether it’s needles for tests, painful therapy, or simply being in a space that is not home, these children struggle daily through different illnesses and challenges, but they can still take part in the holiday spirit through the generosity of others eager to share their blessings of health, family, and home.

 “This is the time of year that usually brings smiles to the faces of children, joy to their hearts and hope for their futures,” said Jewell Williams, Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County.

“The fact the men and women of the Bike Unit have volunteered their time to collect gifts for these children does not surprise me, and, indeed, reinforces the same values of compassion and duty that is a constant throughout this office,” said Sheriff Williams.  “I salute them for their thoughtfulness.”

Gifts can be dropped off at boxes near the entrance of the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Juanita Kidd Stout Court/Criminal Justice Center - 1301 Filbert Street (toy drop off: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Philadelphia Family Court – 1501 Arch Street (toy drop off hours:  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F)
  • Traffic Court – 8th and Spring Garden Street (toy drop off hours:  8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Office of Philadelphia Sheriff – 100 S. Broad Street – 5th Floor (toy drop off hours: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.)

Suggested gifts include infant sound machines, bath toys, mobiles, and other crib toys.  Adolescent items could include model and craft kits, jewelry sets, watches, art supplies, bath items and make-up and manicure sets.

Media Contact (not for publication):  Joseph P. Blake (215) 686-3572

"We will stop domestic violence," said Sheriff Jewell Williams, "one man and one woman at time." The Sheriff spoke at the 100 Men Rally organized by the Lutheran Settlement House and held at Love Park on Saturday, October 18 in Center City Philadelphia.

The Sheriff urged that people "count to ten" instead of using hands to hurt our women, children or others. "Take a walk around the block, put your hands in your pocket" he said. Punching and bullying won't break the cycle but thinking before you act might. He urged that man or woman who have exhibited abusive behavior or grown up with it "seek help".....we must stop domestic violence, he said.

He urged the use of gun locks to prevent further damage and disruptions to any family.

Jewell Williams, the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County, participated in the Hero Thrill Show on Saturday, September 20th. The mission of the Hero Thrill Show is to raise money to pay for the college tuition of children of Philadelphia Police Officers, Firefighters and Sheriff Officers killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Jewell Williams joined several other politicians and dignitaries including Congressman Bob Brady, Mayor Michael Nutter, City Councilman Curtis Jones, members of the band Pieces of A Dream, as well as union officials and dozens of others at the kickoff of the National Night Out activities at 75th & Lansdowne Avenue.

The event on August 4th, 2014, kicked off dozens of other activities held across the city in recognition of the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out which began here in Philadelphia in 1984.

“The significance of National Night Out is much more than people turning on their porch lights, or sitting on their steps”, said Sheriff Williams.  “It is a national event that focuses on the spirit and sense of responsibility and accountability that makes a neighborhood worthy of the name, and enhances the quality of life for the individuals living there”.

Sheriff Williams also participated in activities at the Feltonville Boys & Girls Club, Parkside Association of Philadelphia, and the South of South Town Watch organization.