The division was established in the early 1980’s within the Sheriff’s Office due to the high number of court hearings and civil commitments. As jail population grew over the years so did the need for additional personnel to handle the duties of transporting inmates to court hearings.
Over the years the division has taken on additional duties which include: security requests, juvenile bookings and hearings, warrants arrests, responding to alarms and committal hearings.
The main focus within the division is the safety and custody of inmates transported to court hearings, scheduled appointments and transferring prisoners back to Woodbury County from other agencies around the country on outstanding charges (warrants).
The P.T.D arrange for and transfer inmates to prison after being sentenced on criminal cases and ordered to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville or Mitchellville. After an inmate has been classified, placement is made and the inmate is then transferred to an (Iowa) state detention facility by the Department of Corrections.
The P.T.D is also responsible for serving civil commitments. All court ordered committals begin with two applicants filling out an affidavit at District Clerk. The committal paperwork is then filed electronically and sent to the Judge for signature, returned to clerks for processing then given to this division for service and or placement on a Respondent.
The P.T.D also oversees the court security and electronic monitoring areas within the Sheriff’s Office.
Court security consists of an officer presence during court proceedings to keep things calm. These court proceedings can be a variety of hearings from child custody cases to criminal cases.
Electronic Monitoring Division-see separate tab on web-page.
Sgt. Mary Feiler is the division supervisor and is beginning her 32nd year with the Office. She began her career with the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1984 starting in the Jail Division which at the time was located at 6th and Water St’s (now RTF). In May of 1985 she was promoted to Corporal. On September 01st, 1991 she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in charge of the 3-11 shift. During her time in the jail division, she has had the privilege of commanding all three shifts.
In 2005 Sgt. Feiler was re-assigned to the duties of Policy/ Procedures and Training Coordinator for the jail division, which also included internal affairs investigations. Additional duties included, assisting in the warrants division, sex offender registry and overseeing the field training program in the jail. She attended training seminars in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) to become the Sheriff’s Office P.R.E.A Coordinator.
In January of 2012, Sgt. Feiler was transferred to the Prisoner Transportation Division and has continued as P.R.E.A Coordinator and Training Coordinator for the Jail Division.
Sgt. Feiler holds certification as a BLS (Basic Life Support) Instructor, Jail Instructor through ILEA and is also a Project Lifesaver Searcher. She is also a member of the American Jail Association.