Emmet County Sheriff's Department
    Law Enforcement Center
    114 North 6th Street
    Suite #2
    Estherville, IA 51334

    Phone: 712-362-2639
    Fax: 712-362-7271
    For emergencies dial 911

    Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Communication Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Department Personnel

    Emmet County Sheriff, Mike Martens

    Chief Deputy - Kevin Olson (Drug Investigator, MART Team Tactical Operator, Sex Offender Registry Liaison)
    Deputy - Jeff Merrill (Patrol Sergeant, Training Officer, Advanced Traffic Accident Investigator, Pursuit Driving Instructor)
    Deputy - Tony Ruter (MART Team Tactical Operator)
    Deputy - Thomas Bauler (Reserve Coordinator, SFST Instructor)
    Deputy - Dillon Faas (MART Team Tactical Operator)
    Deputy - Nick Merwald (MART Team Tactical Operator)
    Deputy - Josh Zigrang
    Deputy – Thomas Schultes
    Civil Clerk - Laurie Harvego (Part-time Jailer)
    Jail Administrator - Pablo Leal (Reserve Deputy)
    Jailer - Drew Strom
    Jailer - Bob Krause (Reserve Deputy)
    Jailer - Liz Bates
    Dispatcher - Melissa Patrick (Terminal Agency Coordinator)
    Dispatcher - Emily Roy
    Dispatcher - MacKenzie Siefken
    Dispatcher – Anne Purdy
    Part-time Dispatcher - Tera Shatto
    Part-time Dispatcher - Jarrod Fischer
    Part-time Dispatcher - Kyle Steffen (Reserve Deputy)
    Part-time Dispatcher - Dave Peters
    Part-time Jailer/Dispatcher – Blake Reierson

    Emmet County Jail

    *Visitation - Thursdays and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    *No person will be allowed to visit a prisoner if they have any criminal charge pending in court.
    *All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
    *Each prisoner will fill out a visitor list monthly with three visitors on that list. Immediate family do not need to be on the list. In addition to immediate family, those on the list are the only people allowed to visit a prisoner. Exception: a prisoner's minister or attorney may visit with them at any time.

    *Jail Room and Board: A prisoner that has been convicted in court and sentenced to serve time in the Emmet County Jail must pay room and board.
    *Daily rate: $35/day weekdays no work release -- $50/day with work release -- $50/day weekends
    *A work release will not be allowed unless court ordered. A person on work release will pay their room and board in advance.


    Breakfast (prepared on site) - Cereal, fruit, bread, milk and juice
    Lunch (prepared on site) - Milk, cold meat sandwich, fruit, bag of chips
    Supper - Hot lunch


    Emmet County will provide 2 stamped envelopes per week to be used by a prisoner. All mail coming or going may be read by staff of the Emmet County Sheriff Department. Exception: Mail to or from the prisoner's attorney will remain confidential. No obscene or pornographic material, food, beverages, tobacco will be allowed in the jail.

    Phone calls

    Inmates are allowed to use the inmate phone at any time when they are not in lockdown. The person being called will be billed for the call by Reliance Telephone Systems. Phone cards can also be purchased at a reduced rate by calling Reliance Telephone Systems at 1-800-896-3201 or by visiting www.reliancetelephone.com. All calls may be monitored by staff. iPods for texting are also available for use by inmates and text cards can be purchased in the same manner as phone cards. All texts sent and received may be monitored by staff.

    Civil Services

    *Charges for Small Claims Service is $30.00 for first defendant, $20.00 for additional defendants, plus .50/mile with a minimum of 10 miles ($5.00).
    *Service fees and mileage do not have to be paid in advance of service. Advance payment could be required from plaintiffs not paying on time or not paying for previous services.
    *Charges for serving arrest warrants and subpoenas are $35.00 plus .50/mile with a minimum of 10 miles.
    *A Permit to Acquire is needed for a person that wishes to purchase any type of gun. A Permit to Acquire is good for five years and the cost is $25.00.
    *Renewal of a permit to carry weapons is $25.00. Cost of a new Permit is $50.00
    *You may obtain a copy of your driving record for $7.00.
    *A copy of an accident report is $7.00.

    HSI Victim Notification Program

    The HSI Victim Notification Program allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notifications. Please CLICK HERE for more information on the Universal Resource Locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program.

    Sexual Offender Registry

    For a list of Emmet County individuals that are registered with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry click here.

    VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday

    The IowaVINE is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search
    for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail
    notification when the offender's custody status changes.

    This service is brought to you by your local Emmet County Sheriff's Department.

    The VINE toll-free number for IowaVINE is 1-888-742-8463.


    Eviction Process

    For information on the eviction process click here.

    Fingerprinting Services

    The Emmet County Sheriff's Department will do fingerprinting for a $5.00 fee.

    Fireworks Permit Application


    Permits are not required for consumer grade fireworks for the following dates: June 1st through July 8th and December 10th thru January 3rd.

    Click here to read more about the new law.

    To apply for a fireworks permit in Emmet County, please complete and return the application to the:

    609 1st Avenue North
    Estherville, IA 51334

    Email: asathoff@emmetcountyia.com
    Any questions, please call 712-362-4261