Appanoose County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Appanoose County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1125 W. Van Buren St, Centerville, 52544 IA
  • Chief:
Phone: 641-437-7100
Fax: 641-437-7107

Appanoose County Sheriff's Office is located at 1125 W. Van Buren St, Centerville, 52544 IA. The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office phone number is 641-437-7100.

Appanoose County Sheriff's Office News

Scam Alert: The Sheriff's Office has been receiving increased reports that residents are getting telephone calls from Utility Companies indicating the customer's bill is past due. The caller demands payment or the customers utilities will be shut off. Just a reminder that if you receive these type of calls, you should call the Utility Company yourself. Do not call the number the caller provides, do not call the number on caller id, look for your Utility Company's phone number on your bill. Do not provide any financial information to the caller over the phone.

Sheriff Anderson and Chief Deputy Glosser with 98 pounds of pills ready for disposal from the drug take back program. The program is a partnership between the Appanoose County Sheriff and DEA. Thank you to all of the citizens that participated, and made sure medications are properly disposed off and do not get in the wrong hands.

An Apple iPad was found near the Mystic Fire Station. If you have lost an iPad please stop at the Sheriff's Office with proof of ownership to claim the iPad.

The Appanoose County Civil Service Commission will be testing for the position of Deputy Sheriff on Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. Deputy Sheriff Requirements are: 1. Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of Iowa. 2. Be 18 years of age at time of appointment. 3. Hold a Valid Iowa Driver’s License. 4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol and pass drug testing. 5. Is of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude. 6. Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate. 7. Pass a psychological evaluation test. 8. Pass a cognitive test. 9. Has an uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20. Has color vision tests indicated that the applicant has color vision abilities consistent with the occupational demands of law enforcement. 10. Pass oral interviews including but not limited to polygraph examination and other requirements not listed here. Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office 1125 West Van Buren Street Centerville, Iowa 52544 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday Applications must be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by 4:00 p.m., September 26, 2018 Equal Opportunity Employer

Hey driver, if you ignore me, I am about to test your driving ability!

Taser training on a warm humid night.

Keep your animals safe!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Phone Scam artisits are continuing to call residents in the area and using various schemes to con citizens out of money. These criminals are contacting people and claiming to be a family member in immediate need of cash bond money. They are also claiming to be from a Prize Winning Clearing house of some sort and needing money to secure a prize. They may indicate that a citizen has won sometype of lottery and a handling payment is needed to claim the awarded money. These are scams and once the money is transfered to the criminal, it is very difficult to get your money back and very difficult to prosecute. We suggest that if you receive one of these telephone calls or a similar type of call, hang up the phone. You do not have to be nice or give an explanation, JUST HANG UP. If you become a victim please contact authorities with as much information as possible. If you provide any type of credit card information or bankiing information you should contact your credit card company, banking institution, and monitor all of your financial accounts for fraudulent activity.

Sheriff Anderson and Chief Deputy Glosser presents educational material to Moravia Schools to help cover topics that include Cyberbullying, Sexting, Fighting Drug Abuse, School Safety, to coloring books for elementary students. The material and pamphlets have been provided by a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and the following sponsors: Southern Iowa Heating & Cooling; Blake Waldrop @ RMA Armament; HyVee; Cook Insurance; Ervin Masonary; The Machinery Barn; TJ's Auto; Appanoose County Livestock; Tim's Trash Service; Tresemer Physical Therapy; Thomas Funeral Home; Fogle True Value; Bratz Shell Service; Lange Funeral Home; Deano's Automotive Repair; LEE Container; Craver & Grothe; Centerville Body Shop

Thoughts and Prayers to the Douglas County Colorado Sheriff's Office and families.

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Arrest Made in Investigation of Body Found in Rural Appanoose County


Did You Know? Alcohol is one of the leading causes of fatal traffic crashes. In Iowa, alcohol is second only to excessive speed as a contributing factor in overall traffic crashes. During 2014, 32% of Iowa’s total traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Although every hour in the U.S., 146 impaired driving arrests are made, one person still dies every 51 minutes because someone choses to drive drunk.

During a recent Local Road Safety Plan meeting with the Iowa DOT, it was revealed that Appanoose County has a higher crash rate of Fatalities/Serious Injuries than the Statewide average. As a result, increased enforcement and education will take place in Appanoose County. During the Holiday Season, please don't be a Turkey and help reduce crashes. Please obey all the traffic laws and focus on your driving skills.

Iowa DOT Message Monday - Buckle up, Pilgrim 11/20/2017 The holidays are upon us. With Thanksgiving this week, many of us are packing up and becoming pilgrims, traveling to see our loved ones. If you’re among the thousands of travelers expected to take to Iowa roadways this week, please remember these five tips to make it to your destination and back home safely: slow down, drive sober, focus on the road, stay alert, and buckle up. Research shows at least 94 percent of all vehicle crashes are caused by drivers who make one or more bad choices. Don’t become a statistic. Focus 100 percent of your attention on driving when you’re behind the wheel. Who do you think of when you hear the word, “Pilgrim?” (Hint, he was born in Winterset.) Check this out - The fatality count of 294 is an increase of two since last Monday. In all of 2016, 402 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

Thank You for your service. A special thanks to my Deputies that have and are still serving.

In regards to the upcoming bond referendum here are some interesting facts. The first Appanoose County Jail was built in 1855 and was in operation until 1865. In 1865 the Jail was closed for lack of inmate security and inmates were sent to Ottumwa for safekeeping. The second Appanoose County Jail was built in 1872 at a cost of $10,000. In 1904 steel cells and plumbing were installed. The Jail was closed around 1971 and all inmates were transported to the Monroe County Jail for housing. If a person was arrested by the City Police Department they were responsible to transport the person to Monroe County and back to see a Judge. If the Judge remanded the person to the custody of the Sheriff then the Sheriff was at that time responsible to transport the inmate back and forth from Monroe County for safekeeping and appearances in court. Housing of inmates in Monroe County continued until the current facility was opened in the winter of 1974. In 1971 the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors and the Centerville City Council conducted a feasibility study on building a joint Law-Enforcement Center and jail. In 1972 the Appanoose County Service Agency Joint Agreement was adopted and filed. The Appanoose County Service Agency agreed to the construction of the current Law Enforcement Center/Jail which led to the current location of the Appanoose-Centerville Law Enforcement Center and Jail. It is interesting to note that Board of Supervisors and City Officials have addressed the same issue three different times in the past as we are addressing now. As we have said, history repeats itself in some way shape or form. Questions and comments have been raised about current maintenance of the facility and why hasn’t more been done. The Appanoose County Service Agency currently has a maintenance contract for the Heating and Air Conditioning system. As part of that contract the contractor performs regular maintenance, repairs, service calls and inspections. The State of Iowa also conducts regular inspections of the boiler system. As with any mechanical piece of equipment a life cycle of that equipment is given. We are reaching that life cycle. During a recent emergency repair of equipment the service technician asked “do people realize they are paying to repair a piece of equipment that is costing them money”? The current facility is being maintained and in 2001 Sheriff Anderson presented the Appanoose County Service Agency with a Maintenance Review of several areas of the current facility. Some of the areas of concerns were repaired and fixed. Sheriff Anderson also suggested that long term capital expenditures be reviewed and that upgrades would need to be made to keep up with changing trends and maintain efficiency. As you can see, maintenance of the facility has been performed and continues to be done. However, at some point appropriate spending of tax dollars on older equipment has to be addressed. This is what the Appanoose County Service Agency is doing. Personal accusations have been made about the current boiler failing so soon to an election, that information that we have provided is not accurate, that we inflated numbers, that we have not maintained our building, etc. I am not going to respond to the conspiracy theorists. It is a waste of time. I will tell you that the Sheriff’s Office is audited by the State Auditor every year, we are inspected by the State Jail Inspector every year, and we are inspected by the State Fire Marshal. Every time there is a suggestion or order for change we adhere to that order and we will continue to do so no matter where we are located. We have continued to tell everyone we have brought the current issues to the table and have asked for direction. We are entrusted with taxpayers' dollars while at the same time providing public safety and response. We have made every attempt to be transparent and forthcoming as possible. We are only asking that you make an educated vote on November 7th with facts and not tainted information.

10/28/2017 Events at the Sheriff's Office. Friday night the Law Center Boiler system failed and the building is without any heat. The part that failed is no longer available. Contractor is attempting to retrofit parts next week if possible. 10/28/2017 Sheriff Anderson reported that as part of the Drug Take Back Program in partnership with the DEA, the Sheriff's Office collected 65 pounds of prescription pills that citizens from across Appanoose County turned in for proper disposal. Pills included several Opiod's and highly addictive narcotics. Sheriff Anderson commends those that turned in unused prescriptions and preventing accidental overdose.