How is the High Sheriff appointed?
The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire takes office each April for a term of 1 year and remains the Sovereign's representative in the county for all matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order. The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2016 / 2017 is Charles Whitbread, who can be contacted through the Under Sheriff's Office.
The Office of High Sheriff is non-political and unpaid, and no part of a High Sheriff's expenses falls on the public purse.
The Office is a Royal appointment. It is made in the Privy Council by the Sovereign, where the custom of he or she 'pricking' the appointee's name with a bodkin is perpetuated.
The Office is normally for 1 year.