2017 RESERVE DEPUTY GRADUATION
On Tuesday, February 22, 2017, the Sheriff's Office celebrated the Reserve Deputy graduation at the Anthem in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Fifteen Reserve Deputies received the Oath of Office from Sheriff Drew after sitting down to a delicious dinner provided by the Hard Rock. Prior to the Oath of Office ceremony, Scott Knudsen, the Security Director for the Hotel & Casino spoke. He thanked the new Reserves for putting on the badge and uniform and for volunteering to protect the community they live in. Knudsen stated that it can't get much better than that. From the Sheriff's Office, thank you to all of our Reserves and special thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the hospitality.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM SHERIFF DREW
Sheriff Drew spoiled his office staff this morning with handmade cookies from Sugar Shack. The Sheriff and the administration cannot say enough about the wonderful job the office staff does to keep our office running smoothly. We are truly blessed to have these ladies working for us. Thank you!
SIOUXLAND YOUTH FOUNDATION DONATES $1000
The Siouxland Youth Foundation donated $1000.00 to the Woodbury County Sheriff's Foundation to support local youth programs. The goal of the Youth Foundation is to provide rehabiliation for young people that are physically and emotionally injured. The Youth Foundaiton also supports community based activities for healthy youth. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office thanks the Youth Foundation Board Members for the donation and we look forward to providing for the Siouxland youth.
SHERIFF DAVE DREW SWORN-IN FOR SECOND TERM
After running unopposed for his second term, Sheriff Drew was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 prior to the regular Board of Supervisors meeting. The Sheriff is anxious to get back to business moving the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office forward and continuing to provide service and protection for the residents of Woodbury County. Thank you to the Honorable Judge John Ackerman for handling the swearing-in duties with grace and professionalism.
2016 SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS EVENT
WELCOME DEPUTY HEATHER HOLSTEIN-BUKOVICH
On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office had their newest Deputy Sheriff, Heather Holstein-Bukovich sworn in by Honorable Judge Duane Hoffmeyer at the Woodbury County Courthouse. Deputy Holstein-Bukovich previously worked for the Sioux City Police Department as a Crime Scene Technician. She starts the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. We welcome Heather and wish her the best with her career at the Sheriff's Office.
2016 SHOP WITH A COP EVENT
On Saturday, December 17th, the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the two Walmart Stores in Sioux City for the Shop with a Cop event. It was a great success! Approximately 30 children were given $100 gift cards by Walmart and they shopped with a law enforcement officer for Christmas. The kids purchased Christmas gifts for family members. At the end of the shopping, each one of the children were surprised with a bicycle, also provided by Walmart. It was a great time had by all! Thank you Walmart for your generosity.
MVAO BIKE WINNERS
This years bike winners at Maple Valley - Anthon Oto Community Schools are shown below with Principal Jane Ellis and Deputy Vince Dvorak. Thanks to everyone involved for making it a great day for these two kids!
THOUGHTFUL MESSAGE LEFT ON WOODBURY COUNTY PATROL CAR
On 11.08.2016, Woodbury County Deputy Nate Sands went to his patrol car and found a note under the windshield wiper. The note he found is posted below. Deputy Sands and the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the person(s) who left this thoughtful message. All the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office are proud to serve this community and appreciate all of the support we receive everyday. God Bless and thank you.
THANK YOU FOR A COMBINED 81 YEARS OF SERVICE
Today, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office said goodbye to Sgt. All Shinkunas, Officer Sherry Skaff, and Office Shelly Michaud. Combined, they served the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office for 81 years. It's tough to replace that much experience all at the same time. These three will be missed. From left to right pictured with Sheriff Drew below are Officer Sherry Skaff, Officer Shelly Michaud, and Sgt. Al Shinkunas. Thanks for the service, dedication, professionalism, and the memories.
WELCOME TO JEN DEAN, WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST JAIL NURSE
WELCOME CORRECTIONAL OFFICER REBECCA NAVEAU
SIOUX CITY THANKS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESERVE UNIT
At the October 24th Sioux City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Scott presented the Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit with a commendation plaque for their assistance over the past eight months in the downtown area of Sioux City. The Reserve Unit assisted the City on weekends and special events in keeping the 4th Street and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino areas patrolled, allowing city officers to focus on calls for service in other areas of the city. The additonal patrols and visibility cut down on crime in the area, making 4th Street and the Hard Rock Casino area a more enjoyable, safer place for patrons. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Mayor Scott, the Council, and the City of Sioux City for recognizing the hours and effort these volunteers put in.
WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CORRECTIONAL OFFICER HEIDI REISING
PLANT DONATION FOR THE LEC LOBBY
The Sheriff's Office would like to give a special thanks to Detective Sgt. Chris Garthright-Chwirka and her husband Zac Chwirka for donating five beautiful, large plants for the lobby of the LEC and Sheriff's Office lobby. They look great and help add some color to the lobby. Thank you Chris and Zac!
HEROES DAY AT BRONSON ELEMENTARY
On 09.29.2016, Bronson Elementary invited local law enforcement officials to a school assembly to show thanks for what officers and deputies do in their community. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the staff and students for thinking of us and brightening our day. It was a wonderful gesture and we enjoyed every second of it. Thanks again Bronson Elementary and God Bless.
During the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Board meeting, the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Office honored Deputy Auditor Jean Jessen and Sioux City Assistant Fire Chief Jim Clark on their retirements. They will both be missed. Jean was always a great help anytime the Sheriff's Office needed assistance from the Auditor's Office. She was always upbeat, positive and wonderful to work with. Asst. Chief Jim Clark was much the same. Working at The Security Institute and with Emergency Management, he was always there to assist with incidents requiring mulitple agency responses. He always got the job done. Thank you to Jean and Jim for their dedicated service to Woodbury County and Sioux City.
THANK YOU TIRES TIRES TIRES AND POWELL BROADCASTING FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
Recently, Tires Tires Tires and Powell Broadcasting wanted to show their appreciation for local law enforcement and came up with an idea to have black t-shirts printed with a blue stripe across the chest that say, "I Support Law Enforcement." They sold the t-shirts to the public and all of the money generated from the sale of the shirts was donated to the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. Everyone with the Sheriff's Office wants to thank Tires Tires Tires and Powell Broadcasting for absorbing the cost of making the t-shirts, and the public for buying the shirts and supporting the men and women that work in law enforcement here in Sioux City and Woodbury County. The project generated $5,381.00. Below is a photo of Sheriff Dave Drew and SCPD Detective Brad Echter accepting the donations. Thank you to all and God Bless.
WELCOME DEVIN GROENHAGEN AND BRANDON CHAPPLE - WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST C.O.'S
C.O. Devin Groenhagen
C.O. Brandon Chapple
2016 C.E.R.T. CHALLENGE X
On September 7, 2016, members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office participated in a statewide competition for SWAT teams. Different stations were set up that tested SWAT members shooting skills, physical agility, cardio, and strength. Some stations combined all four and were timed. The competition was conducted in Lehigh, Iowa and included twelve tactical teams from all over the state. Below are some photos taken by Major Greg Stallman during the competition. As we receive the testing results, we will post them. We are all proud of them for participating! Thank you!
(Front Row Left to Right) Zane Chwirka, Sage Lewis, Dustin DeGroot, Kevin Horsely, Willie Garrett, Don Groves
(Back Row Left to Right) Tyler Milton, Nate Sands, Andrew Vogt, Gerad Lukken, Brad Rose
(From Left to Right) Gerad Lukken, Tyler Milton, Dustin DeGroot
Zane Chwirka. Oh...the pain!!!
(From Left to Right) Willie Garrett, Nate Sands, Brad Rose
Dustin DeGroot waiting to shoot.
(From Left to Right) Tyler Milton, Gerad Lukken
Dustin DeGroot...It burns!!!
2016 WESTERN IOWA LABOR FEDERATION LABOR DAY PICNIC
On Monday, Sept. 5th, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office attended the Western Iowa Labor Federation Labor Day Picnic held at Riverside Park in Sioux City. We displayed the Mobile Command Post and our SWAT deployment vehicle. Sgt. Jim Bauerly and his K9 partner Bosco and Deputy Nate Sands and his K9 partner Rico gave a demostration on obedience and apprehension. We had fun doing badge tattoos for the kids and giving tours of the vehicles. Below are photos of our displays and Deputy Sage Lewis applying a tattoo to a young lady. Thank you Western Iowa Labor Federation for inviting us to the picnic!
FACEBOOK THANK YOU FOR DEPUTY KYLE CLEVERINGA
The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office received a Facebook thank you message from a young mother wanting the Sheriff's Office and the public to know about a kind act perpetuated by Woodbury County Deputy Kyle Cleveringa. Just recently, Deputy Cleveringa was working his patrol shift in the early morning hours and stopped a vehicle for non functioning lights. He discovered a young mother was on the way to the hospital with her one year old son that was having trouble breathing. What transpired is better explained below in her Facebook post. Thank you Deputy Kyle Cleveringa for being compassionate and caring when this young mother and her son needed it.
THANK YOU FOR THE NICE LETTER CODY!
Earlier this summer, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office sponsored Cody Bottjen for the YMCA Summer Camp in Boone, Iowa. The Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies' Association helps fund the trip. From the sounds of the letter, Cody had a great time and is very appreciative of the efforts of the Sheriff's Office. We want to thank Cody for taking the time to write us a letter expressing his feelings.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 COUNTY FAIR
Congratulations to Woodbury County's newest ILEA graduates. From left to right, Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis, Deputy Frederick Beckman with Sheriff Dave Drew.
From left to right, Lt. Don Armstrong, Lt. Charlie Hertz, Major Greg Stallman, Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis, Deputy Frederick Beckman, Sheriff Dave Drew, and Major Todd Wieck.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS 2016 SUMMER MATCH EVENT
On 07.30.2016, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office had the chance to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help with a "Match Event" for the second summer in a row. "Bigs" and "Littles" got the opportunity to eat hotdogs, chips and drink some soda while playing carnival style games provided by Deputy Sergeant Dave Benson. Deputy Sergeant Jim Bauerly, Deputy Nate Sands and Deputy Troy Tadlock brought their K9 partners and Lieutenant Don Armstrong displayed the SWAT truck and the Sheriff's Office rescue boat. Reserve deputies also assisted with the event. Everyone had a great time and the Sheriff's Office looks forward to next years event.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MARK STOCKTON & STOCKTON TOWING
Recently, Mark Stockton, owner of Stockton Towing, made a substantial donation to members of the Woodbury County, Plymouth County and Sioux County Sheriff's Office Honor Guards to help defer the cost so members from all three offices could make the trips to honor and show respect for fallen officers in Dallas and Kansas City. Without Mr. Stockton's generosity, Honor Guard members from all three counties would not have been able to make the trips. It is important for the law enforcement community and the communities and families of the fallen, to stand as one to show their respect, grieve the loss, and celebrate the lives of the fallen and to show the nation that good does and will triumph over evil. Thank you and God Bless Mark Stockton for helping send that message.
Pictured below (top photo) is Mark Stockton and his son Bronc, holding the Recognition plaque, surrounded by (left) Deputy Willie Garrett and (right) Deputy Brad Rose, both Honor Guard members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. The second photo is one of Mr. Stockton's trucks depicting artwork supporting our military. The bottom photo is the plaque presented to Mr. Stockton thanking him for his support.
WELCOME TONI HAEFS...WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST CLERK
You will see Toni's smiling face at the front window of Jail Administration on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center. Toni will be handling all the duties of the front desk and will be the first point of contact with the public during business hours if you call or have business at the Woodbury County Jail. The Sheriff's Office staff welcomes Toni to the family!
BBBS OVER THE EDGE FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS
On June 15th, Big Brother Big Sisters held their Over the Edge fundraiser at the Howard Johnson Hotel in downtown Sioux City. Participants donated money to rappel down the side of the building. Members of the Woodbury County SWAT Team assisted the company that provided the gear and expertise in rappeling. The fundraiser was a huge success, raising $85,000.00 for BBBS. Below are a couple of thank you's and some photos of the SWAT Team members helping with the event. Thank you BBBS for allowing the Sheriff's Office to help out!
COUNTY GOVERNMENT DAY
Everyone had a great time at the inugural Woodbury County Government Day, Tuesday, May 24th. All of the county offices and departments participated. The Sheriff's Office displayed our Mobile Command Unit, SWAT Vehicle, Rescue Boat, UTV, and the Deputies and Correctional Officers Union gave us the use of their dunk tank where we raised a little bit of money for the Couthouse Restoration project. We had volunteers sit in the dunk tank. They are pictured below.
Sasha Downs on the left and Jennifer Beeson on the right from the Sheriff's Office volunteered first to get into the ice cold water to help raise a little money for the Courthouse Restoration project. Jeana Davis ran the dunk tank and collected the donations all afternoon. Thank you Sasha, Jennifer, and Jeana for helping out. Our office staff is always there to help out with projects like this and we greatly appreciate it!
Board member Matthew Ung was next up in the dunk tank. As you can see, Mr. Ung got into the spirit and did it in his best Sunday suit. It was great! Getting dunked in a suit to raise money for a good cause. Thank you Mr. Ung! We will do it again.
Board Chairman Jeremy Taylor took the third shift in the dunk tank for us. I can't say enough about Mr. Taylor and the Board members getting involved in these community activities. We only had to ask once and they were all for climbing into that cold water to make it a fun and enjoyable day! As I mentioned above, we will do this again. Thank you to everyone that participated and came to County Government Day.
UNITY ELEMENTARY SECOND GRADE STUDENTS SEND THANK YOU'S TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Below is a sampling of the thank you cards Mrs. Brooks' second grade class from Unity Elementary sent to the Sheriff's Office for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. These are wonderful cards and the Sheriff's Office loves getting them. Thank you to all of the Unity Elementary second graders that took the time to make these great cards. You put smiles on our faces at the Sheriff's Office everytime we get them.
SIOUXLAND SPOUSES BEHIND THE SHIELD DROP OFF TOKENS OF APPRECIATION
Deputy Nate Sands' wife, Juanita, and his two children, dropped off delicious snacks for the deputies and correctional officers to show their appreciation for local law enforcement. The snacks are prepared by members of Siouxland Spouses Behind the Shield. Thank you very much for being so thoughful. God Bless.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 WOODBURY COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY
LONG LINES FAMILY REC CENTER FAMILY DAY, SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016
2016 SPALDING PARK ELEMENTARY SPRING CARNIVAL
Sgt. Dave Benson at the 2016 Spalding Elementary Spring Carnival. Sgt. Benson has his own midway games that he maintains and transports to different events. The cool thing about Sgt. Benson's games is everyone's a winner. Thank you Sgt. Benson!
MAY BASKET FOR SHERIFF DREW FROM THE SC BOY'S CLUB
Five members of the Sioux City Boy's Club stopped by the office today to drop off a May basket for Sheriff Drew. Great kids! Great program! Thank you very much from Sheriff Drew and the Sheriff's Office staff.
NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER WEEK
This week is National Correctional Officer Week. So if you know a Correctional Officer, thank them for doing the toughest job in law enforcement! Pictured above is Sheriff Dave Drew with Sgt. Dennis Wilson holding one of several cakes Major Greg Stallman had made for all 58 of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office C.O.'s to enjoy during their breaks while working the jail. The Administration can't say enough about the jail staff and all of the tough, long hours they put in keeping our community safe. Thank you and God Bless all of you.
MVAO 7TH & 8TH GRADE CAR WASH
Deputy AJ Fundermann helped out the MVAO 7th and 8th graders by donating money to have her patrol pickup washed at the Anthon Fire Department on April 23, 2016. The kids did a great job and raised $750 to help defer costs for a trip to the nations capital. In the bed of the truck is Dallas Knudsen and Sydney Fundermann. Next to the truck are Jade Hadley and Jake Welte. That is the cleanest we have ever seen Deputy Fundermann's vehicle. Great job kids!
PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE DAY LUNCHEON AT 4 BROTHERS
We had a great time celebrating Professional Adminstration Day with our staff at 4 Brothers. From left to right, Sheriff Dave Drew, Deb Heath, Randi Campbell, Tammy Casper, Sasha Downs, Jennifer Beeson, Loxi Arndt and Captain Tony Wingert. Thanks for all of your hardwork and dedication ladies!
CONGRATULATIONS TO DEPUTY DARIN FAY AND HIS PARTNER DOZER
Deputy Darin Fay and his partner Dozer competed in the 2016 USPCA Region 21 Narcotics Trials in Independence, Iowa this past week. Deputy Fay and Dozer competed against 56 other dogs and placed second overall with a score of 196.33 out of 200. Great job Deputy Fay and Dozer!
WELCOME DEPUTY'S SAGE LEWIS, ERIC SMITH AND FRED BECKMAN
From left to right Eric Smith, Sage Lewis, and Fred Beckman. Woodbury County's newest deputy sheriff's were sworn in April 8, 2016 by the Honorable Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer at the Woodbury County Courthouse.
Woodbury County's three newest deputy sheriff's with Sheriff Dave Drew. From left to right Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis, Sheriff Dave Drew, and Deputy Fred Beckman. We expect great things from these three and know we will get it.
MAJOR GREG STALLMAN GRADUATES FROM THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY
Major Greg Stallman graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Friday, March 18, 2016 with other members of the 263rd class. The FBI National Academy is located in Quantico, Virginia and the program is approximately 3 months in length. The academy requires a great deal of academic and physical work to graduate. The mission of the academy is to promote, support and enhance the personal development of law enforcement leaders. Congratulations to Major Greg Stallman on his success and hardwork!
CLAY COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION