Sheriff's Office responsibilities

  • criminal investigations
  • county jail operations
  • weapon permits
  • civil process such as sheriff's sales, paper service and garnishments
  • warrants, court orders and courtroom security

Purpose Statement

As the only law enforcement office in the nation elected by the people and for the people to constitutionally serve as the supreme law enforcement authority of Winneshiek County, our purpose and mission is to ensure the safety of the public in a friendly, approachable and ethical manner, while always upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

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The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office is hosting the "What You Don't See" trailer. It is a rare educational and eye opening opportunity. We will also have our K9, McCoy, at the picnic for a meet and great along with some demonstrations. We hope to see you there!

For the fifth year, Winneshiek Medical Center is holding a Grand Community Picnic on Thursday, August 29 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. For a complete listing of activities, visit Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office

Date: 8/22/2019
Time: 1:36 PM
Incident/Charge: Class C Felony Willful Injury
Location: Festina, Iowa

Person: Nathan Sutton
Address: Festina, Iowa
Age: 15

Incident Details: The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 report of a stabbing that occurred in Festina. Upon arrival deputies located a victim still impaled with a knife. It was determined that Nathan Sutton, a juvenile, had stabbed his mother during an altercation. Sutton was taken into custody and transported to Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Black Hawk County. Sutton was referred to Juvenile Court Services and charged with Class C Felony Willful Injury. The victim was transported by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Date: 8/21/2019
Time: 9:55 PM
Incident/Charge: Felony Controlled Substance Violation Arrest Warrant, Violation of Pre-Trial Supervision Arrest Warrant and Search Warrant
Location: Short Street, Decorah, Iowa

Person: Dominick Watson
Address: Decorah, Iowa
Age: 21

Incident Details: As a result of the felony controlled substance arrested warrant that was served on Dominick Watson a narcotic search warrant was obtained and executed on a vehicle, related to the case. Charges resulting from this will be filed directly by the Winneshiek County Attorney’s Office. While Watson was incarcerated in the Winneshiek County Jail, he was also served with a violation of pre-trail supervision warrant.

Tomorrow is the first day of school for all of our schools throughout Winneshiek County. For students and parents alike this accompanies a host of emotions and changes. Let's all do our part to make sure we get off to a good and safe start. Please take a little extra time during your morning and afternoon commutes. A lot of new and young drivers will be taking to the roads. Our little ones will be out and about, and the school buses will be on the move with precious cargo. Please slow down, stay off your phone and pay attention. Thank you ~ Sheriff Dan Marx

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