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The Office of Sheriff is a tried and true part of American culture. Though the Sheriff's Office has its roots in "Merry ol England", it is most widely associated with the American west of the 19th and early 20th century. There are many famous names associated with the words Marshall and Sheriff. Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Pat Garrett, just to name a few.

Well, those days of the wild west "daring do" are now truly part of history along with the horse, single action six gun, white and black hats and of course "ladies tied to railroad tracks".

The modern Sheriff's Office has evolved along with all the other law enforcement agencies. Our horses are under the hood of our patrol vehicles, our hats are ball caps and we carry semi-auto handguns. We chase the "bad guys" with computers and use cell phones instead of the telegraph. Boy oh boy, how things have changed!

But, some things haven't changed. In most areas of the country, the Sheriff is still an elected official. As an elected official, the Sheriff answers to the people who elected them. It is the Sheriff's responsibility to serve the public to the best of their ability, maintain the peace and root out crime whenever necessary. Above all, it is the moral and legal duty of the Sheriff's Office to serve the public interest and maintain the highest level of ethical and service standards as possible. The public looks to us to set the standard and be above reproach. To fail in this area is to fail completely. The public trust must be considered inviolate. If a Sheriff holds to that premise, then everything else will fall into place.

I hope this web site maintains that attitude and offers important and useful information to the public at large. Please enjoy the site and let us know what you think.

Thanks for visiting ------ Sheriff Karl J. Dailey

Current Staff

Steve Crile - Deputy
Jarvis Wallage - Deputy
Bobbi Wellnitz - Office Manager
Marcia DeHaven - Retired Corrections
Jeff Smith - Corrections
Jorge Redondo - Corrections
Eileen Wrage - Corrections
Terri Wait - Corrections
Louise Edwards - Corrections

The Dawes County Sheriff's Office would like your help. Do you have any photo's of Dawes County sheriffs from year's past. If you do we would be interested in posting them on this website. You may email them or just contact us about the photos. Below is a list of past sheriffs and the years served.

Dawes Co Sheriffs

Years
Served

Number of
Years

George  W. Clark

1885-1887

2

James C. Dahlman

1888-1893

5

A.M. Bauten

1894-1895

1

Arthur M. Bartlett

1896-1897

1

Charles F. Dargan

1898-1901

3

William A. Birdsall

1902-1905

3

Louis K. Mote

1906-1907

1

William A. Birdsall

1908-1914

6

Vet Canfield

1915-1930

15

William Moody

1931-1938

7

Cyrus W. Spearman

1939-1950

11

James L. Butler

1951-1958

7

Paul Thein

1959-1962

3

Marvin H. Wohlers

1963-1970

7

Lester L. Jensen

1971-1978

7

Gary W. Blue

1979-1981

3

Steve R. Crile

Sept-Oct 1981

2 months

Lyle D. Fernau

1981-1987

6

Karl J. Dailey

1987-

Present

For more photos of past Sheriffs see the Photo Gallery page

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