The Sheriff’s Office is divided into six divisions and operates within a distinct chain-of-command. The Administrative Division is overseen by Sheriff Tim Langenfeld and Chief Deputy Aaron Ward. The remaining divisions are each overseen by the following:
- Records – Jen Otto
- Communications – Sergeant Jen Otto
- Patrol – Sergeants Scott Wawrzyniak, Brian Stiles and Billy Kroll
- Investigations – Sergeant Al Liepold
- Jail - Captain Will Feltmann
- Courts / Special Projects – Sergeant Jayson Boraas
Most citizens recognize the patrol vehicles in the county. The Patrol Division is the most visible part of the office. The deputies are licensed peace officers in the State of Minnesota. They are dedicated to public service and are often called upon to be problem solvers. The patrol division is responsible for general patrol functions, such as traffic education and enforcement, emergency and service call response, within the county and contract cities. Including the DARE and K-9 programs, the Patrol Division is a very active, community-oriented division of the Sheriff’s Office.
The McLeod County Jail has an inmate capacity of 55 beds. We house individuals ranging from habitual or serious traffic offenders to serious criminal offenders ranging from property crimes to homicide. It is a miniature community the county is responsible for.
Whether it be a simple call or one of crisis, many citizens first contact with law enforcement will be a phone call to the Communication Center.
The Records Division is responsible for providing reports to the public. The Sheriff’s Office has the statutory responsibility of civil process. Civil process can include subpoenas, eviction notices, foreclosure notices, or a variety of other legal notices required by statute.
McLeod County Emergency Management plays a crucial role in the county working with individuals from city and township government to assist during and plan for response to natural and man-made disasters.
The Investigation Division deals with a wide-range of cases, from property to very complex narcotic cases. Typically, investigators are referred cases from the Patrol Division after a patrol deputy has initiated a case and either needs assistance because of the type of case. There are also times when the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office is contacted by other jurisdictions requesting assistance with conflict of interest cases investigations.