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


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What's New in County 22 - May 2012

This last month at the sheriff’s office we have been extremely busy and you can tell spring has sprung, and summer is almost here.  It is also a time when we get our county boat in the water and do a little patrol.  This spring you will notice we have purchased a different boat and sold our old boat to the Guttenberg Fire Department.  The old boat was more of a flat bottom that hit the waves pretty hard which made it difficult to get somewhere on a windy day.  We purchased a used “V” bottom for $1,000 dollars less than what we sold our old boat for.  We wanted a “V” bottom because most of the time we go to the river for a drowning, we provide security and assist in keeping boaters away from the fire departments dragging operations to keep everyone safe.


What's New in County 22 - May 2011

My heart goes out to all the victims of tornadoes this spring and especially those in Joplin, MO.  My hunting partners and I usually stop in Joplin for breakfast on our way down south for our hunting trip in the spring.  They are very nice people.  This month I thought I would let you know how things work when conditions are right for a tornado in Clayton County.


What's New in County 22 - March 2012

Most recently here at the sheriff’s office we have been enjoying the warm weather with a little increase in calls for service.  Scams seem to be going on all the time, and the most recent one was with a victim who received a phone call from someone claiming to be with Medicare.  The suspect asked the victim for her bank account numbers for a new Medicare card that was coming out and stated it was required by law.  The victim did not give the personal information out but this indeed was a scam.  There are hundreds of scams going around either by mail, email, or telephone.  Criminals will do about anything to gain access to your credit cards or personal information.  If you are suspicious about it, I would recommend not doing it.


What's New in County 22 - June 2012

This last month at the sheriff’s office we have been busy assisting with city events, tractorcades, motorcycle runs, and car cruises.  It seems like every weekend there is something going on in Clayton County.  We just finished up helping with the Romper Room Run through the county which had reports of 2,000 to 4,000 motorcycles.  Regardless of the exact figure, it was a lot of bikes!  One thing that has been noticeable is the number of fatalities and accidents involving motorcycles seem to be up throughout Iowa.  In the accidents recorded from the years 2007 to 2010, 80% of them were not wearing helmets.  And unless I stand corrected, I believe Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire are the only three states that do not have some sort of helmet law.  Twenty states require helmet use for all riders and passengers while 27 others require helmets only for riders under age 18. 


What's New in County 22 - June 2011

With all the summer events coming up this year, I would like to address some safety issues so everyone can have an enjoyable time and no one gets hurt.  Summertime usually means “busy time” for the sheriff’s office.  Every weekend throughout the summer there is usually some city event or local event going on.  Normally we assist the cities with their city events by directing traffic for parades or assisting with special events.  I normally have the patrol deputies pay special attention to the areas where events are also taking place during the evening, in case officers need back up.  The purpose for increasing patrol in these areas is not to increase the tickets we write but for people to see us and say, “Hey, I better watch what I’m doing and behave.” 



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