View All Posts

Nov 07

March 2019

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:22 AM by Craig Johnson

“What’s New in County 22?”

          We are all saddened, but happy for the news of Al Heavens leaving as Clayton County Attorney to become a District Court Judge.  We had a close working relationship with Judge Heavens by not only myself, but all officers of Clayton County.  We both agreed on communication and cooperation being key to investigations and prosecutions.  Judge Heavens always-showed professionalism, knowledge of the Iowa law as County Attorney, has a great personality, and communication skills, which I believe, will help him in his adventures.  Thank you and Good Luck Judge!  

Right now at the sheriff’s office, we are taking applications for the positions of deputy sheriff and jail/dispatch.  We recently obtained an opening for jail/dispatch and will soon be having an opening for deputy.  We have decided to advertise to get the process moving because it takes time.  We generally look through the applications; do thorough background checks, and interviews.  I usually have a panel of administrators assist on interviews to come to a joint decision on selecting the best applicants.    

To hire a deputy I have to select from a list of the top ten applicants provided to me by the Civil Service Board.  Applicants have to test for the board both academically and physically.  The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy also allows lateral transfers I am researching.  Certified Iowa law enforcement officers who move from one Iowa agency to another with no more than a six-month break in service are not required to re-verify compliance with minimum standards; however, a background investigation including fingerprint checks and psychological examination are necessary prior to hiring. Agencies may establish additional standards. Civil service provisions and requirements, if any, still apply.  

In order to get this moving along I am also waiting for the Board of Supervisors and newly appointed County Attorney Zach Hermann to appoint two persons to our three person Civil Service Board so we can then begin testing for the deputy position.  We have advertised but have not set a testing date yet.         

And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at, or stop by to see me.

Thanks and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi