Clay County, Iowa Sheriff enforce state, county and city ordinances within the county.

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  Clay County, Iowa - Sheriff

The County Sheriff is the principal Peace Office of the County and:

  • Summons grand jurors and trial jurors

  • May call any person to his aid, and when necessary summons the power of the county

  • Serves subpoenas and other notices and levies on property when a judgment has been secured

  • Executes and returns all writs and other legal processes issued by lawful authority

  • Custodian of the county jail, and responsible for all prisoners committed to him until discharged by law

  • On commitment from Clerk of District Court convey convicts to the penitentiary and patient to mental health facilities

  • Required to make special investigations into alleged law violations when directed by the County Attorney

  • In Unincorporated areas of the County the Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement and provides for law enforcement services for towns that contract with the office

  • Issues all gun permits and is in charge of the County drug task force

  • Patrol: The Sheriff & Deputies are the police force for residents of the unincorporated areas of the county, and provide contracted law enforcement for the cities of Dickens, Everly, Fostoria, Gillett Grove, Greenville, Peterson, Rossie, Royal and Webb. The Sheriff's Office handles all routine and emergency calls for these areas, and regularly patrols all areas of the county. They also provide security at special events in the county

  • Jail: The Sheriff oversees a Jail that has the capacity to handle 28 maximum and 20 temporary holding/work release inmates

  • Records: Maintains all the records for individuals that are booked into the jail, officer’s investigative reports, and issues permits to acquire and carry handguns

  • Civil: The Sheriff is responsible to execute and serve writs and other legal process documents including Sheriff’s Sales, subpoenas, and garnishments

  • Investigate: Deputies are responsible for handling more in depth investigations that may require additional specialized training such as burglary, robbery, sexual assault, fraud, murder, and arson

The Sheriff's Office maintains their own website; click on the following link to visit their website:

Clay County Sheriff's Office

Address of
Sheriff's office:
3121 W 4th St.
PO Box 7957
Spencer, Iowa 51301

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.

Phone Number:
(712) 262-3221

FAX Number:
(712) 262-5448

Office holder name:
Chris Raveling
Term, four years, bond $10,000
Term Expires 12/31/2024

Sheriff's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Sheriff's office

Sheriff's Links:

Iowa Sex Offender Registry


Other Related Links:
Iowa Courts Online

National Sex Offender Registry


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Clay County Jail


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