Meet Dave Drew

Dave Drew                                                        
County Sheriff
Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center
407 7th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Sheriff Drew


Phone: 712-279-6010
Toll Free: 1-800-352-6352
Monday - Friday
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
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Sheriff Dave Drew is serving as the 33rd Sheriff of Woodbury County and is about to embark on his second term.  Sheriff Drew is a lifelong resident of Woodbury County and resides in Lawton with his beautiful wife Jana of 32 years.  They have four children and are empty nesters.  Dave is also a proud grandfather of six. Sheriff Drew is an IAHSAA official in football and basketball. He enjoys playing golf when time allows and riding his 2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra.

Sheriff Drew served as a deputy sheriff for 29 1/2 years working in different divisions of the Sheriff's Office.  Sheriff Drew was assigned to the patrol division and investigations, where he assisted in the first murder investigation to be handled solely on DNA evidence.  Sheriff Drew was the first D.A.R.E. Officer to work in the Sioux City and rural Woodbury County schools.  Sheriff Drew worked the newly funded DEA/Tri-State Drug Task Force from 1995-2003, a multi-jurisdictional task force that was instrumental in dismantling drug organizations.  Sheriff Drew received an award from the Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration for outstanding contribution to drug law enforcement, along with awards from the United States Attorney’s Office for outstanding service and meritorious acts in the investigation of the Buckendahl Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization.  Sheriff Drew has received letters of recognition and appreciation from the FBI involving cases worked in conjunction with the FBI from thefts to bank robberies.  Sheriff Drew was later appointed Chief Deputy under former Sheriff Dave Amick's administration.  Prior to being elected sheriff, Drew worked day patrol. Sheriff Drew has an Associate Degree in Police Science from Western Iowa Tech Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University.

Sheriff Drew started his term as Sheriff in January, 2013.  He implemented a community policing concept that has deputies play an integral role in day-to-day activities. He also implemented a directed patrol program by working with the small towns in Woodbury County. Through 28E agreements, deputies handle small town nuisances. Sheriff Drew also identified areas of waste and utilized resources to their best potential. An example of his cost saving measures was to close the Climbing Hill Sheriff sub-station and have more deputies accessible to the public through directed patrol.

Sheriff Drew has also revamped the Woodbury County Sheriff's Reserve Unit by adding and upgrading personnel and training to aid local law enforcement.

Sheriff Drew has recently assigned deputies to make daily checks a part of the regular patrol deputies in each school in Woodbury County, fostering a positive relationship with faculty, students and law enforcement.

Sheriff Drew identified staffing deficiencies in the jail and a lack of cameras to make sure the potential of past litigation is reduced.

Sheriff Drew implemented fitness and training quarterly, where one eight hour shift is spent on a variety of training and legal issues. He is working toward a fitness program that will be embraced by all employees.

Sheriff Drew put into service seventy-five Taser Axon Body Cameras to be worn by deputies and correctional staff to better document criminal activity and reduce the number of bogus litigations against the county.  Woodbury County is the largest county in Iowa to outfit their staff .  The cameras are designed and worn to show the public the high professional standard by the members of the sheriff's office. 

Sheriff Drew increased application requirements to include post-secondary education of at least 60 hours or 4 years of continuous military service for correctional officer applicants.