The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division is made up of men and women who work diligently following up on crimes that occur in Woodbury County. Detectives not only investigate and help the Woodbury County Attorney's Office prepare prosecutions; they also investigate crimes at the federal level. Three detectives are currently assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (Tri-State Drug Task Force) and the United States Marshals Service.
Another major part of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division is the Crime Scene Detective. These detectives are responsible for the collection and preservation of evidence collected at a crime scene. An additional responsibility Crime Scene has is the storing of this property in the evidence room and making the evidence available at the time it is needed for court.
The mission of the Investigations Division is to provide investigative expertise and to work in partnership with the various communities and Sheriff's Office entities to enhance public safety. Investigations is also committed to supporting local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, to ensure a cooperative, successful and unified effort to protect and serve the citizens of Woodbury County.
Lt. Tony Wingert, pictured above, is the divison commander and contact person. He can be reached at 712.279.6010 and choosing option six (6) on the automated phone system.
Lt. Wingert is a native Iowan, born and raised in Sioux City. He graduated in 1987, from Bishop Heelan High School. Lt. Wingert went on to college at Iowa Western and then Morningside College.
Lt. Wingert began his career with the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a Correctional Officer. In 1995, he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff. During his career as a Deputy Sheriff, Lt. Wingert has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office K9 team, successfully certifying two canines, Spenser and Chewbacca. Lt. Wingert spent 15 years as a member of the SWAT team, rising to the rank of Squad Leader. Lt. Wingert also spent four years as a member Tri-State Drug Task Force, where he worked as a federally deputized Drug Enforcement Agent. During that period, he started the Sheriff’s Office's first Drug Interdiction Team.
On January 3rd, 2013 Sheriff Dave Drew appointed Deputy Wingert to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Wingert is in charge of Special Services - Civil Division, K9 Unit, SWAT, Investigations, and the Drug Interdiction Team. He also oversees the Gun Permits, Sex Offender Registry, and the Clerical Staff.