As the primary law enforcement agency for all of Ida County, the Ida County Sheriff's Office is responsible for all of rural Ida County, and operates on contract with all of the cities in Ida County, including Ida Grove, Holstein, Battle Creek, Galva and Arthur. This amounts to a population of approximately 7,000 and 432 square miles.
The Ida County Sheriff's Office patrol staff consists of the Sheriff, Sergeant, eight full time Deputy Sheriffs and three Reserve Deputies.
The primary responsibility for the Sheriff's Office is to maintain the safety and well being of all people in Ida County. Deputies respond to car accidents, fights, medical emergencies, fires, ordinance violations, citizen complaints, and many other types of calls.
Wade Harriman, Sheriff
Sheriff Wade Harriman is originally from New Hartford, Iowa. He graduated from Dike-New Hartford High School in May 1993.
Following high school the Sheriff served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a member of a field artillery unit based in Waterloo, Iowa for 6-years. While serving in the Marine Corps the Sheriff successfully completed Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California and Field Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
He was honorably discharged from military service in 1999 having earned the rank of Sergeant (E-5).
While serving in the Marines the Sheriff utilized the GI bill and earned his Bachelor's Degree in History and Sociology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in May 1997. In addition, he earned a degree in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College in May 2010.
Sheriff Harriman began his duties with the Ida County Sheriff's Office on June 28, 1997 as a deputy sheriff. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy graduating as a member of the 159th basic class on November 21, 1997. Following his graduation from the academy he was assigned general patrol duties for the Sheriff's Office.
On July 6, 1998 he was appointed by the Ida County Board of Supervisors to the Office of Sheriff. At the age of 23 he became the youngest Sheriff in the history of the State of Iowa.
Sheriff Harriman was elected by the citizens of Ida County in a special election in November 1998, and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Throughout his career the Sheriff has attended several advanced classes. These include classes in areas such as leadership and development; The Rural Executive Law Enforcement program sponsored through the University of Arkansas System; interview and interrogation techniques; advanced crime scene investigation training; as well as death scene investigation training.
The Sheriff has always been a supporter of advanced training opportunities for each member of his office. He believes that through training and education the level of service provided to the citizens of Ida County improves, as does the professional manner in which his staff provides those services.
The Sheriff has taught the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to 5th grade students in Ida County since 1999. He has remained steadfast in his belief that law enforcement must forge positive interactions with the youth of Ida County. Today, there are two DARE instructors on staff, including the Sheriff who continue to ensure that each 5th grade student receives this important curriculum.
From 2000 to 2003 Sheriff Harriman was the K-9 officer for the Sheriff's Office. He worked diligently to solicit funding through private donations and grants to re-establish the K-9 program, which had been dormant for several years.
Today, the Sheriff's Office has two K-9 units in service for the citizens of Ida County. All the funding for the operation of these units is paid for through private donations and seizures from the hard work of the K-9's and their handlers.
Sheriff Harriman oversees an agency of 17- dedicated employees with an annual operating budget of 1.4 million dollars. He is solely responsible for the operation of the Sheriff's Office service areas, which include the patrol division, jail operations, communications center, criminal investigations and the civil division.
The Sheriff's Office provides all law enforcement services for each of the five incorporated cities in Ida County, as well the unincorporated area.
Sheriff Harriman attends several city council meetings each month, as well as the monthly public safety meeting. He believes in having an open door policy for his employees and his constituents and encourages the public to contact him with any questions or concerns.
The Sheriff resides in Holstein, Iowa with his wife Leah, who is an early childhood special education teacher with the OA-BCIG community school district in Ida Grove. They have two sons Cade,13 and Carson, 10, both of whom attend Ridge View Community Schools.
Sheriff Harriman is proud to serve the citizens of Ida County as their 20th sheriff. During his tenure the Sheriff's Office has renovated their offices and jail facility, as well as the communications center. He has been a vocal advocate for increasing staff to better serve the citizens of Ida County, and is proud of the manner in which his office works each day to protect the citizens of Ida County.
During his off-duty time the Sheriff serves as a member on several civic organizations throughout the county. He is a member of the Holstein American Legion post #225; Ida Grove Kiwanis; Battle Creek Lions, as well as the Alpine Masonic Lodge #471 in Holstein.
He is also a member of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association; the Iowa Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police
In addition, he and his family are members of the Holstein United Methodist Church where the Sheriff has served as a Sunday school teacher and leader of the Senior high youth group.
Sheriff Harriman also officiates high school football, basketball, baseball and softball throughout the school year and in the summer. He also volunteers to coach his boys' youth football, basketball and baseball teams.
Fred Anderson, Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy Anderson has been with the Ida County Sheriff's Office since 2005. Chief Deputy Anderson began his career as a Reserve Deputy in 2003. Chief Deputy Anderson has 13 years of service in the United States Army Reserve. Chief Deputy Anderson's duties include supervising two sergeants and overseeing all operations, as necessary. Chief Deputy Anderson is also the Evidence Officer, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor.
Michael Stehr, Sergeant
Sergeant Stehr began his duties in February of 2014. Sergeant Stehr previously worked for the Correctionville Police Department, where he had worked for several years. Sergeant Stehr has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Briar Cliff University. Sergeant Stehr serves as a Field Training Officer and primarily supervises patrol deputies.
Corey Trucke, Sergeant
Sergeant Trucke has been with the Sheriff's Office since March, 2013. Sergeant Trucke was initially hired as a Jailer/Dispatcher and began full time Deputy duties February, 2015. Sergeant Trucke previously worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa State University Police, and the Johnson County (Kansas) Park Police. Sergeant Trucke has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Iowa State University. Sergeant Trucke primarily supervises the communications center and jail.
Robert McMillen, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy McMillen started with the Ida County Sheriff's Office in July 2009 as a Jailer. In September, 2010 Deputy McMillen became a full time Deputy Sheriff. Prior to working for Ida County, Deputy McMillen was a Detention Officer for the Story County Sheriff's Office. Deputy McMillen is also a D.A.R.E Officer.
Brady Van Egdom, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Van Egdom has been with the Sheriff's Office since July, 2012. Deputy Van Egdom previously worked for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Van Egdom has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Iowa Technical Community College. Deputy Van Egdom serves as a Field Training Officer and the department's Taser instructor.
Andrew Shillington, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Shillington has been with the Sheriff's Office since December, 2013. Deputy Shillington previously worked at the Webster County Jail and the Humboldt Police Department. Deputy Shillington has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa and is the department's K9 officer.
Kirk Kinnaman, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Kinnaman began in June, 2015. Deputy Kinnaman was previously the Chief of Police in Moville, Iowa, and was also in the U.S. Army. Deputy Kinnamon has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and is also a state recognized Field Sobriety Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, and Reserve Instructor. As of 2017, Deputy Kinnaman is the Reserve Program Coordinator.
Alex Ehlers, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Ehlers began in July, 2015. Deputy Ehlers was previously the Chief of Police in Schaller, Iowa and is also in the Army National Guard.
Korey Van Wyhe, Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Van Whye began his duties in August, 2015. Deputy Van Wyhe previously worked for the Union County Sheriff's Office as a Correctional Officer. Deputy Van Wyhe has an Associate of Arts Degree from Southwestern Community College and will be attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2016.
Sean Benner, Reserve Deputy
Deputy Benner has been a reserve with the Ida County Sheriff's Office since 2004.
James Dunn, Reserve Deputy
Deputy Dunn has been a reserve with the Ida County Sheriff's Office since 2015.
James Hoffard, Reserve Deputy
Deputy Hoffard has been a reserve with the Ida County Sheriff's Office since 2017.
Aaron Bobier, Reserve Deputy
Deputy Bobier has been a reserve with the Ida County Sheriff's Office since 2017.