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. The Sheriff is an elected Marion County official serving a four-year term.
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for 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.
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 at 211 N. Godfrey Ln, Knoxville.
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.