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Published: Monday, August 15, 2016

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Past Sheriffs of Dickinson County

Published: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Name Start Date End Date
C.F. Hill 1857 1859
Alfred Arthur 1859 1862
See below regarding the period from 1862 to 1869
W.S. Beers 1869 1872
L.A. Litel 1872 1873
L.E. Holcomb 1873 1874
A.L. Sawyer 1874 1876
D. Bennett 1876 1880
P.S. Mott 1880 1888
A.D. Inman 1888 1892
P.E. Narey 1892 1898
J.C. Guthrie 1898 1900
Fred Jones 1900 1912
B.K. Bradfield 1913 1920
Ellis Rute 1921 1924
George Paulson 1925 1938
Joe McQuirk 1939 1950
Ike Kissinger 1951 1964
Robert Baker 1965 1976
Wendell Kilts 1977 1992
Gregory Baloun 1993 Present

From 1862 to 1869 it is difficult to ascertain how this office was filled, the records having been lost due to a fire at the courthouse. Daniel Bennett held the office periodically before W.S. Beers was elected in the fall of 1869.

Sources

Smith, R. (1902). A history of Dickinson County, Iowa together with an account of the Spirit Lake massacre and the Indian troubles on the northwestern frontier (pp. 560-561). Des Moines, Iowa: Kenyon Print. & Mfg.

Various Articles. (n.d.). Spirit Lake Beacon. Retrieved November, 2015, from http://dickinson.advantage-preservation.com/

The Fallen: George O. Williamson

Published: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
CHIEF DEPUTY
George O. Williamson
Dickinson County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: June 8, 1973
Chief Deputy George O. WilliamsonChief Deputy George O. Williamson

Chief Deputy Sheriff George Williamson was killed in an automobile accident while responding to Superior after receiving reports of a 4-year-old boy who had been struck by a car.

He and another deputy were driving on a gravel road (now known as 330th Avenue), with lights and siren activated, when they collided with another car at an intersection with a paved road (County Road A22/170th Street). Chief Deputy Williamson and the driver of the other vehicle were both killed in the collision. The other deputy suffered serious injuries.

Chief Deputy Williamson was a veteran of the Korean War. He had served with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office for five years and had previously served with the Spencer Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, mother, and two sisters.


Officer Down Memorial Page: George O. Williamson

 

 

The following articles appeared in the June 14, 1973 edition of the Spirit Lake Beacon

Deputy Sheriff Killed In Crash Friday Night

Dickinson County's first deputy sheriff and a Spencer man were killed in a car-pickup crash Friday evening at the intersection of a gravel road and county blacktop about two miles south of Superior.

Dead are George Williamson, first deputy under Sheriff Robert M. Baker, and Robert Sierck of Spencer.

A third man, Deputy Sheriff Michael Harleman who was riding with Deputy Williamson, was injured and is in Holy Family Hospital at Estherville where his condition is listed as 'serious'.

Authorities said a Dickinson County Sheriff's car driven by Williamson, 39, was. answering a call on a personal injury accident at Superior when the car he was driving collided with the pickup driven by Sierck, 46.

Wllllamson was killed outright and Sierck died later at an Estherville hospital, authorities said.

Harleman, 22, of Okoboji, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Harleman, 923 E 5th St., Spencer.

Williamson, of Arnolds Park, is originally from Spencer and was on the Police Department before he joined the Dickinson County Sheriff's department five years ago. He has been first deputy since last August.

Sierck, 46, was employed as a clerk at the Spencer post office.

Authorities said the sheriff's car was traveling north on the gravel toward Superior with lights and siren going, and the Sierck vehicle was traveling west on the blacktop.

Highway Patrol Troopers Roy Vogel and Richard Fellin, who covered the accident, said there had been a call at 7:15 p.m. for assistance at a pedestrian mishap in Superior.

Sheriff Baker said his deputies were in the Terril area and proceeded north to Superior.

The troopers said the Superior accident involved a four-year-old youngster, Kent Billings, who ran out in front of a car driven by Derwood Kern of Estherville. The boy was taken to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, treated for abrasions of the back and shoulder, and released.

The fatal accident is believed to have occurred a few minutes after 7:15 p.m.

Funeral services for Deputy Williamson were held Monday afternoon at the Okoboji Lakes Tabernacle in Arnolds Park with the Rev. Ivan Maxson of Royal officiating.

He is survived by: his wife, Natalie; two sons, Rick, 12, and Russ, 10; one daughter, Ramona, 17; his mother of Spencer.

Pallbearers were present or former Dickinson County peace officers: Sheriff Baker, Phil Lemker of Lake Park, Norm Winters of Milford, Wendell Kilts of Altoona; Bob Bringle of Arnolds Park, Orville Johnson of the Lakes Patrol. Other area law enforcement officers served as honorary casketbearers and honor guard.

Interment was in Okoboji Cemetery at Arnolds Park with the Donovan-Leyson Funeral Home of Spirit Lake in charge of arrangements.

Services for Mr. Sierck were also held Monday in Spencer.

Says, 'thanks'

"It's hard to express the gratitude I feel for the way people helped during the emergency," said Dickinson County Sheriff Robert Baker Tuesday.

The sheriff was referring to the accident Friday that took the life of his first deputy, George Williamson and hospitalized Deputy Mike Harleman.

"Spirit Lake's police department took all calls for our office from Friday evening until 10 a.m. Tuesday, and the officers assisted in investigations," the sheriff stated.

"Deputies from Osceola, Emmet and Clay Counties filled in at night in those townships close to their borders - - thanks to Sheriffs Bob Rolfes, Richard Dahl and Boyd Bushey. And for the first time in many years, Highway Patrol Troopers in the area were answering 'domestic calls'." He was referring to Troopers Marlyn Mossman of Spirit Lake, Bob Cherry of Milford and Marv Loebach of Estherville.

"Everyone has been just great! We even had 41 people volunteer to help clean up the tabernacle (where Williamson's funeral was held Monday), and it took only 2½ hours."

Sheriff Baker plans to bring his staff back to full strength as soon as possible. Harleman is not expected to be ready for duty for some time, and a deputy will be appointed temporarily to fill his post.

About the Sheriff's Office

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dickinson County, IowaDickinson County, IowaWelcome to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office. Our office is responsible for enforcing the laws of the State of Iowa and the ordinances of Dickinson County. Along with the Sheriff we employ eight deputies, seven jailers, eight dispatchers and one office manager.

Aside from patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county, the Sheriff's Office also contracts with the cities of Wahpeton, Superior and Terril for law enforcement protection.

West Lake OkobojiPhoto taken by Michael Ehret, used with permission.West Lake Okoboji

Dickinson County is located in northwest Iowa. The county was organized in 1857 and is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a U.S. Senator for New York. The county has a total area of 404 square miles, of which 23 square miles (or 5.6%) is water.

Agriculture is a major industry in Dickinson County. (Photo taken by Aaron Sloan, used with permission.)Photo taken by Aaron Sloan, used with permission.Agriculture is a major industry in Dickinson County.

The Iowa Great Lakes is located in Dickinson County and is a popular vacation destination, bringing thousands of seasonal residents and vacationers to the area each year.

Arnolds Park Amusement ParkPhoto taken by Michael Ehret, used with permission.Arnolds Park Amusement Park

The 2016 census estimates 17,243 people living in Dickinson County, up 3.5% from 2010 when the population was 16,667. Dickinson County is one of the few rural counties in Iowa that is growing in population.

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