The County Sheriff's Department is responsible for enforcing federal, state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances.

  Howard County, Iowa - Sheriff

The Sheriff is an elected Howard County official serving a four year term.

The Sheriff's Office is responsible in enforcing state and county laws within the county. Duties of the office include but are not limited to the following:

Reports of, and investigation of, thefts, vandalisms, assaults, illegal drug activity, reported child and/or domestic abuse, accidents and all other criminal allegations. Deputies are also responsible for the enforcement of traffic laws.

The Sheriff's Office is also required to carry out duties related with civil process including but not limited to:
Original notices and petitions, garnishments, orders, sheriff sales, room and board reimbursements, evictions, protective orders and restraining orders, involuntary commitment of persons with mental illness and / or substance abuse, duties related to condemnation of private property and the execution and return all writs and other legal processes issued by lawful authority.

The Sheriff’s Office patrols the 480 square miles of the county and is the chief law enforcement for the cities of Lime Springs, Chester, Elma, Protivin, Riceville, and all other unincorporated areas of Howard County.

The Sheriff’s Office provides 24 hour dispatching of Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Services within Howard County.

The Sheriff’s Office is located in the Howard County Law Enforcement Center.

The Sheriff's office is a member of South Central Iowa Drug Task Force and all full-time employees are members of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association.

Click HERE for Sheriff's Levy and Sale Information

The IowaVINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-7-IAVINE or 888-742-8463. This service is provided to assist victims of crime who have a right to know about their offender’s custody status. Click here for more information.


124 South Park Place
Cresco IA 52136

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am -  4:00pm

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

County Sheriff:
Morris Miner

Ryan Vandewalker
Tim Beckman
Darwin Kueker
Shane Thorsten
Rich Hollenbeck
Cory Jarchow
Milan Grubl
Wade Michels

Jail Administrator:
Darwin Kueker

Civil Deputy:

Jennifer Bauer

Sheriff Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Sheriff's office

Sheriff Links:

Iowa Sex Offender Registry


Iowa State Sheriffs & Deputies Association (ISSDA)

Iowa Courts Online

National Sex Offender Registry

Old jail by the Lidtke Mill - Lime Springs, IA

Howard County Courthouse - Cresco, IA

Law Enformcement Center - Cresco, IA

Scene found in Elma, IA