The Sheriff is an elected Wright County official who serves a four year term.
The Wright County Sheriff and Deputies are the county’s principal enforcement officers for the unincorporated areas of Belmond, Clarion, Dows, Eagle Grove, Galt, Holmes, Rowan and Woolstock. By contract, the Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement to the city of Rowan.
The officers patrol nearly 540 square miles and serve approximately 15,000 citizens.
Duties of the office include but are not limited to the following:
- Investigation and report of accidents, theft, vandalism, assault, illegal drug activity, reported child and/or domestic abuse and enforcement of traffic laws.
Duties related to the civil process-including but not limited to original notices and petitions, garnishment, sheriff sales, protective and restraining orders, involuntary commitment of persons with mental illness and / or substance abuse and other legal processes issued by lawful authority.
Ali is a 9 year old Dutch Shepard who has been with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office since June 2009. She assists the Sheriff’s Office and other area agencies with drug detection, building searches, tracking and apprehension of fugitives as well as handler protection. Ali was purchased from North Iowa K9 with Drug forfeiture funds and donations from area businesses and citizens. Deputy Adam Nerlien has been with the agency since 2008 and became Ali’s handler in 2010. Deputy Nerlien and Ali certify annually with the United States Police Canine Association Region 21 and have won several awards, including two 1st place and one 2nd place trophies. Deputy Nerlien and Ali are available for presentation to any community groups.
By empowering our employees to participate in a leadership role within the county, we make great efforts to gain the support and trust of those we serve. We strive to provide quality service and protection to the residents of Wright County.