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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 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.” 


What's New in County 22 - July 2012

Unless something changed this morning we are still currently under a burning ban.  A burning ban is a proclamation issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office pursuant to Iowa Code Section 100.40.  This is usually requested by the Board of Supervisors after they have spoken to the Fire Chief’s in the area.  They would then contact the State Fire Marshall’s Office and a proclamation would be issued.  If someone burns when the ban is in effect they can be written a citation for a simple misdemeanor.        I know the northern part of the county has seen more rain then the south, but if you want to burn, you need to contact the fire chief of where the burn is to take place and get a permit to burn.  I have them here at the sheriff’s office or please speak to your fire chief. 
As I’m writing this I just came from a car vs. semi accident at the Clayton County Fairground intersection.  The young lady driving the van that was hit should be okay but it was a pretty scary moment.  I actually heard the tires squealing from the fairgrounds.  When you come to an intersection I always take a second look or even a third in case you overlook something coming at you.  Please be sure to instruct your kids to do the same.  If it is foggy, I will shut the music or radio down, roll down the windows and just listen.  You cannot believe how far you can hear a vehicle coming from.

Some of you may have also noticed I purchased a new squad pickup.  I went with Dodge because the state government bid assistance was better which saves the tax payer money, and it was purchased from a local dealer.  I’m keeping the old truck at the office for plowing snow and for usages when needed like pulling the lawn mower to the firearms range or if the deputies have a meth lab at night and need something hauled.  My plan then is when this new truck is ready to be replaced it will be kept and used at the office and the old one traded in or sold.    

Lately we’ve had a lot of scam complaints.  The latest one is someone calling you claiming they are from Wal-Mart and asking a lot of personal information and also asking for money or wanting to come meet you.  These folks have nothing better to do than to think of clever ways to take your money.  I’ve got it a little easier than some because if they can’t pronounce my last name, they must not know me.  We do have some booklets at the Sheriff’s Office on different types of scams if you are interested in one please stop by and pick one up.  We will have these at the fair also but this will probably be printed after that.
Handy hints to protect yourself; 
  • If you receive a phone call from someone you do not know, always ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and who they represent.  Verify this information by calling the company yourself.
  • Do not give out your personal credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.
  • Destroy personal information: don’t just throw it out.  You should cut up or shred old bills, statements or credit or debit cards.
  • Treat your personal details like you would treat your money; don’t leave them lying around for others to take.
If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi


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