The Sheriff's Office is responsible in enforcing state, county and city ordinances within Marion County, Iowa.

  Marion County, Iowa - Sheriff

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

The Sheriff's Office is responsible in enforcing state, county and city ordinances 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.

Rules - Processes - Procedures - Questions

Listed below are links to documents explaining some of the rules, processes, and procedures of the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

Obtaining Fingerprints and Driving Records

Jail and Inmate Rules and Procedures

Firearms - Permit to Acquire and Permit to Carry

Frequently Asked Questions - Concealed Carry Permits

Frequently Asked Questions - General

The Sheriff’s Office patrols the 576 square miles of the county and is the chief law enforcement for the cities of Bussey, Harvey, Swan; the non-incorporated villages of Tracy, Otley, Columbia, Pershing and Attica, and all other unincorporated areas of Marion County.

Iowa Victim Information and Notification Everyday

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 on the link below to visit the IowaVINE website.


The Sheriff’s Office provides 24 hour dispatching of Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Services within Marion County with the exception of Pella Police, Pella Fire and Pella Ambulance.

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

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

Marion County Civil Service Commission
Mike Helle Chairman Knoxville
Jim Nelson Member Pella
Gordon Mecham Member Pleasantville

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Office Holder Name:
Jason Sandholdt, Marion County Sheriff
Jason Sandholdt

Address of
Sheriff's office:
Marion County Law Enforcement Center
211 N. Godfrey Lane
Knoxville Iowa 50138


Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Open through lunch hour

Phone Number:

Communications - Dispatch
(641) 828-2220

(641) 828-2247

(641) 828-2245

FAX Number:
Communications - Dispatch
(641) 828-8453

(641) 828-7137

(641) 828-7201

Employees in
Sheriff's Office:

Chief Deputy
Troy Fisher

Civil Administrator
Patty DeHeer

Dispatch Supervisor
Martha Dykstra

Jail Administrator
Scott Jerkins

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

Sheriff's Links:

Sheriff Sale Listing

Detailed Sheriff Sale Notices

Sheriff Sale Results

Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Jail and Inmate Procedures

Other Related Links:
Iowa Department of Public Safety

FBI - Omaha Office

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

DOT - Iowa Road Conditions


Cordova Observation Tower

Visit the Marion County Parks!

Willoughby Bridge in marion County, Ioa

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park