Clayton County, Iowa

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Office Location:  22680 230th Street St Olaf Iowa 52072

Position:  elected to four year terms

The County Sheriff along with the County Attorney are chiefly responsible for enforcement of laws.  The county maintains a jail which the County Sheriff supervises.  Some of the duties of the County Sheriff are as follows:

  • Summon grand and petit jurors
  • Principal peace officer in the county
  • Execute and return all writs and other legal processes issued to him by lawful authorities
  • Custodian of the county jail and is responsible for all prisoners committed to him until discharged by law
  • Upon commitment from the Clerk of District Court, transport convicts to the penitentiary and patients to the state hospitals for the insane
  • Patrol all roads in the county
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies


Contact Information

Sheriff's News Release - 9/18/2013

On August 23, 2013 at 121pm the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle crash on Chariot Road west of Elkader. The caller was able to give a description of the driver who was located a short time later near Central Hospital. During the investigation it was determined that Donald Reierson Jr 39 of Elgin, was operating a 1994 Buick Regal on Chariot Road when he lost control and entered the ditch. Reierson then left the scene and began walking to Elkader. Reierson did not have a valid license and was subsequently arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Suspended and Failure to Maintain Control. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Elkader Police Department.


Sheriff's News Release - 09/06/2013

On August 24, 2013 at 829pm a Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Colesburg Rd and Garber Rd for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver the deputy observed sign of intoxication. The driver identified as Rocky Friedlein 53 of Elkport consented to field sobriety testing. Friedlein showed clues of intoxication and was subsequently arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail. Fredlein was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense and driving on wrong side of two way road.


Local Business and Banks donate to K9 Fundraiser

The Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the McGregor Achievement Club is holding a raffle to raise money for the purchase of a new K9. Currently the price to replace the K9 is approximately $11,000. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards the purchase of the new K9. The Lady Luck Casino Lady Luck Community Development Committee presented K9 Deputy Moser with a check for $500 to help purchase the new K9.


Sheriff's News Release - 7/17/2013

On July 6th 2013 at approximately 530pm a Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense on Hwy 52 near 390th Street. While making contact with the driver the deputy observed signs in the driver and passenger which led to the deployment of the Sheriff’s K9 unit. During a search of the vehicle the K9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance. The driver Zachary Hardin 22 of Manchester and his passenger Daniel Marshall 23 of Manchester where both placed under arrest after deputies located illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. Hardin is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Marshall is charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia. Hardin and Marshall where transported to the Clayton County Jail where they were held pending an appearance before a judge. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.


What's New in County 22 - June 2013

Is everyone tired of rain? I’ve been through a few floods in my career. Well actually quite a few, and when I pulled down into Spook Cave this year, it reminded me of the flood in 1991. I think it was because it came up so fast, and because of that it actually made me a little nervous. In 1991 People were stranded at Spook Cave on the other side of the Bloody Run. Campers were floating. We did manage to walk across the railroad bridge and get the people across but it was a little nerve racking. At St. Olaf in 91’ Sheriff Dietrich, Alan Mitchell and I took a boat up and rescued a gentleman clinging to a tree that was trying to chase cattle in. We did this while I saw cattle and trees floating downstream. The next morning we then dealt with the rising Volga and Turkey rivers. Back then we didn’t see flooding very often and now it seems like a routine or flooding every couple of years. I know several areas got washed out this year in all parts of the county. Some campgrounds flooded more than once. I would just like to re-iterate that if we can be of any assistance with a work crew of jail inmates to anyone, please give me a call and I will see what is available and what I can do.



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