Meet Chad Sheehan

Chad Sheehan                                                     
Sheriff Chad Sheehan
Woodbury County Sheriff
Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
407 7th Street
Sioux City, Iowa



Phone: 712-279-6010
Toll Free: 1-800-352-6352
Monday - Thursday
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Window Service: 8:00am - 4:15pm
For Emergency: Dial 911
Jail: 712-279-6040
Communication Center: 712-279-6510
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm  
Friday Window Service: 8:00am - 3:15pm   


Sheriff Chad Sheehan was elected as the 34th Sheriff of Woodbury County, Iowa in November of 2020 and was sworn into office January 2, 2021.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office has 120 employees and covers 872 square miles with a population of 102,271.

Sheriff Sheehan began his law enforcement career in the fall of 1993 when he began training to become a Reserve Deputy with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.  Prior to completing Reserve training he was hired as a full time Police Officer in South Sioux City, NE. In 1999 Sheriff Sheehan joined the Sioux City Police Department and worked there until his retirement from Sioux City in August 2016.  Sheriff Sheehan then spent over four years traveling the United States training schools,  businesses and organizations in the training program he developed called S.A.V.E. Yourself. The program teaches people what to do if they are caught in the middle of a violent attack like an active killing. Sheriff Sheehan has worked in multiple capacities during his law enforcement career including the Hostage Negotiation Unit, Field Training Officer, K-9 Handler, School Resource Officer, Community Policing Unit, Honor Guard and Critical Incident Stress Management team member. 

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement agency in Iowa to utilize Axon Body cameras for our staff.  Body cameras give a true depiction of what law enforcement is faced with on a daily basis, both in the jail and on the street.  This also allows us to be transparent in all we do.  In January 2023 we will be upgrading to the latest versions of the Axon Body cameras.

We took control of Courthouse Security in 2014 and placed all security personnel in Sheriff's Office uniforms and put them in our quarterly in-service training rotation that the rest of the Sheriff's Office staff receives.  That change provided better security for the courts, county employees and the citizens that use the building for business reasons.    

Starting in 2018, we began teaching the DARE program in our county schools again.  We felt this was a another key piece of our community policing efforts so we worked to re-implement the program.  In the fall of 2022 we will be refocusing our education and school outreach efforts in a new "S.T.A.R.S." program specifically developed for the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. Thanks to the support of many Woodbury County businesses we are able to deliver our new prgram at no additional cost to tax payers.

S - Sheriff's Office

T - Teaching

A - Awarness

R - Responsibilty

S- Safety

In an effort to keep school safety one of his top priorities Sheriff Sheehan realocated a Deputy to be assigned full time to the rural schools as a School Resource Officer starting with the 2022-23 school year. Deputy Chwirka completed SRO training during the summer of 2022 and is excited to fill this new role for the Sheriff's Office 

We also continue to play an active role in our communities by volunteering for many causes.  We have volunteered at Convoy of Hope, Salvation Army Food Basket and Toy Drive, along with numerous other agencies and events.  We feel that giving back not only reflects positively on the Sheriff's Office, but it shows a genuine spirit of caring!