DARE SAFETY UP FOR SUMMER POOL PARTY AT RIVERSIDE POOL
LEEDS ELEMENTARY 4TH GRADE CLASS TAKES A TOUR OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Roughly 90 students from the Leeds Elementary 4th grade class took a tour of the Woodbury County Courthouse on Friday, May 22nd. Board Chair Mark Monson organizes the tours and has different judges, county offices and departments participate. During this tour, the students got to fill out a real ballot and vote for their favorite make of car and pop/country/rock artist. The students then got to submit their ballots in a machine. Ford was the favorite make of car and Elvis and Taylor Swift tied for music artist. After the students cast their ballots, Chairman Monson gave the history of the building while students sat in the atrium.
We then moved to Judge John Ackerman's courtroom on the second floor where Judge Ackerman spoke about his job as a judge and the judicial system. Assistant County Attorney Loan Hensley then spoke about her job as a prosecuting attorney and what it takes to build a criminal case good enough to take to trial. Major Todd Wieck from the Sheriff's Office talked about how the Sheriff's Office works, their responsibilities, the number of people that work there, what the different divisions do, and how busy everyone is. Major Wieck then had Correctional Officer Chuck Collison talk about his duties in the jail and all of the equipment he wears and how it is used. Officer Collison answered questions and then we turned it over to Deputy Zane Chwirka who explained what he does as a Deputy Sheriff and all the different hats he wears everyday while he works. Deputy Chwirka talked about the different types of calls for service he gets, civil papers he serves, and what it takes to keep the public safe. He then talked about his uniform and the equipment he wears and why it is so important. Both C.O. Collison and Deputy Chwirka did a fantastic job! Thanks to everyone and good luck to the great group of students we had from Leeds Elementary today.
THE WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WELCOMES TWO NEW CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER TEMOTHY RODRIGUEZ
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER TRAVIS RYAN
SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARTICIPATES AT THE IRVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL END-OF-YEAR CARNIVAL
2015 LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY
On Monday, May 11, 2015, we once again set aside the day to recognize those law enforcement officers that paid the ultimate price for the Woodbury County, Iowa community. May 10th through May 17th is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. Unfortunately, in the history of Woodbury County and Sioux City, we have lost eleven fine men and women. They were taken from their families, friends, and their community way to early. Our goal every year at this time is to never forget them and the sacrafices they made.
Below are a few photos from this years ceremony:
Barb Renfro with her husband holding her father's (Chief Deputy Jimmie Biggs) ribbon.
Phyllis Holzrichter with Jimmie Brodie holding County Attorney James Brodie's ribbon. Phyllis is James Brodie's sister.
AUSA Forde Fairchild, Guest Speaker for the Ceremony. Fantastic speech Forde!
Sheriff Dave Drew (center) with his Honor Guard from left to right, Deputy Gerad Lukken, Deputy Willie Garrett, Deputy Dustin DeGroot, and Deputy Brad Rose
WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE "TAKES OVER" COURTHOUSE SECURITY
It's official! The Sheriff's Office is now in-charge of the safety and security of the Woodbury County Courthouse. Many thanks to the people who got this started. Ed Gilliland, the Human Resouces Director, and his great staff. Marty Pottebaum, the officer in charge and the constant face at the door of the courthouse. Marty put in a lot of long hours getting it going and making it run as smooth as it does. The Courthouse Security Officers, another great group of people, will continue to provide security for the people working in the building and the public.
Below is a photo taken on 05.04.2015 of the "new look" at the north door. From left to right, Courthouse Security Officer Greg "Big Shink" Shinkunas, Deputy Sgt. Don Armstrong, and Courthouse Security Officer Mike Van Beest.
Thanks again to everyone that helped with this transition.
DEPUTY DAVE BENSON RECEIVES PROMOTION TO DEPUTY SERGEANT
Deputy Dave "Pete" Benson was recently promoted to the rank of Deputy Sergeant and will supervise Patrol Team 2 beginning Monday, April 13, 2015. Dave has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1993 and worked Patrol, DARE, Crime Prevention and Community Policing. Dave has always been proactive and enjoys working community events and interacting with the public. Dave brings a truck load of assets and experience as a former acting supervisor on Team 1 to his new supervisory position and he will do a wonderful job for the Sheriff's Office. Thanks Dave!
WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9 UNIT TAKES 3RD PLACE AT USPCA REGION 21 NARCOTIC CERTIFICATION TRIALS
Congratulations to our K9 Unit for taking 3rd place at the Region 21 Narcotics Trials this past week. Trials where held in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Our handlers put in a lot of time and work with their partners. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office appreciates the time and effort they put into making our community a safer place to live and raise a family.