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Sheriff: Bart Richmond
Elected official
Assumed office 01/01/2021
Term expires 2024
Chief Deputy: Jerry Marcellus
Phone / Fax:

Phone: (641) 472-3576
Fax: (641) 472-3353


1200 W. Grimes Ave
Fairfield, Iowa 52556


Phone: (641) 472-3967

Jail Administrator
Civil Division:

Phone: (641) 472-2666

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

The County Sheriff, along with the County Attorney, are chiefly responsible for enforcement of laws in Jefferson County. The County also maintains a Jail which the County Sheriff supervises.

Our office provides law enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, as well as the communities of Fairfield, Batavia, Libertyville, Packwood, Vedic City, Pleasant Plain, and Lockridge.

Our ten sworn Sheriff’s Deputies are responsible for patrolling 756 miles of county roads and over 50 miles of state highways with 24/7 coverage.

Sheriff’s Office Duties

  • Summon grand and petit jurors.
  • Principal peace officer in the county.
  • Execute and return all writs and other legal processes issued to him by lawful authorities.
  • Custodian of the County Jail and is responsible for all prisoners committed to him until discharged by law.
  • Upon commitment from the Clerk of District Court, transport inmates to prisons and patients to state hospitals.
  • Patrol all roads in the county.
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies.

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Training & Certifications

Our Sheriff’s Deputies hold instructor-level certifications in various disciplines, including: Taser, firearms, defensive driving, and chemical munitions.

Specialized assignments for our staff include: Marijuana Analyst, School Resource Officer, Special Response Team, Drone Pilot, K9 team, and Forensic Mobile Device Analyst.

We also receive annual training in crisis intervention techniques, de-escalation, implicit bias, and emergency life-saving procedures.


The 911 Communications Center is located in the Jefferson County Law Center. 911 Dispatchers are responsible for fielding emergent and non-emergent calls, and for dispatching all Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire and First Responders in Jefferson County.


Emergent Only: 911


Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: (641) 472-3576

Jefferson County Sheriff Poster


We are dedicated to serving the citizens of Jefferson County and working proactively to keep our community a safe place to work and live.  In achieving our mission, we will maintain the public’s trust and be examples of honesty, integrity and fairness.

Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit

In addition to our full-time Deputies, we have five sworn Jefferson County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies.  These dedicated individuals volunteer to serve the community in their spare time and often assist the Sheriff’s Office with various projects.

Our Sheriff Reserves commit over 100 hours of training to become state-certified.  The trainings are similar to state-certified Deputies, including: Taser, Firearms, ASP baton, Defensive Driving, and Chemical Munitions.  They have also been trained in crisis intervention techniques, de-escalation, implicit bias, and emergency life-saving procedures.

Notice: County offices will be closed for Labor Day. Be Safe!