Clay County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Clay County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 3115 W 4th St, Spencer, 51301 IA
  • Chief:
Phone: (712) 262-3221
Fax: (712) 262-5448

Clay County Sheriff's Office is located at 3115 W 4th St, Spencer, 51301 IA. The Clay County Sheriff's Office phone number is (712) 262-3221.

Clay County Sheriff's Office News

BUCKLE UP-EVERY TRIP. EVERY TIME. SOMEONE WILL BE GRATEFUL YOU DID Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season, as well as the year’s busiest travel weekend. Whether you’re driving across the street or across the country to reach your Thanksgiving feast, it’s imperative to wear your seat belt as you travel. Increased traffic brings an increased possibility of a traffic crash. SEAT BELTS WORK! • Proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent. • Males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in fatal crashes. • Younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled. The 13 – 15 age group had the highest percentage (62 percent) of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. • If you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, odds are that you will not survive. In 2016, 8 out of 10 (81%) people who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed; only 1 percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected in fatal crashes. • There were 4 Iowans killed in traffic crashes over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, a reduction of 2 from 2016. Whether you’re a passenger or the driver, riding long distances or short, please buckle your seat belt. Doing so ensures everyone arrives safely to their Thanksgiving destinations. The Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau ask, “Won’t you wear yours?” And along with that, remember to not drink and drive. Your loved ones will be grateful. Media contact: Patrick Hoye, GTSB Bureau Chief, (515) 725-6120.

Another Trunk-or-Treat in the books and another fantastic turn out! We enjoy being a part of such a great event!

Police Officer: Lakes Area Law Enforcement Testing Coop is establishing an eligibility list for current and future law enforcement openings in the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes area. This Coop consists of Armstrong, Arnold's Park, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Lake Park, Milford, Okoboji, Spencer and Spirit Lake Police Departments along with Clay and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices. At time of application, candidates must meet State Requirements for Law Enforcement Employment. Applicants currently ILEA certified and employed by a Law Enforcement Agency are allowed lateral transfer. Applicants without certification are required to pass P.O.S.T. and physical agility exams. Successful applicants are eligible for employment by all agencies. For details, contact Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, 712-336-2793, any Coop Agency, or website Testing Dates are November 2 & 3, 2018; Estherville, Iowa. Application deadline is October 19, 2018, at 4:00 P.M. EOE

"September 11 is one of our worst days, but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for." - Sen. Lamar Alexander We remember the law enforcement officers, firefighters, civilians and all of their families today. If it weren't for passengers calling their loved ones and giving them critical information, we may have never known what exactly was happening. They're all heros.

Sometimes it's okay to take the backseat. Call a sober driver!

**UPDATE** Justin Albright is now in custody. There will be a press release shortly!

Distracted Calls: Hands Free is not Risk Free

Brake for Buses!

Don't let your friends drink and drive, it could be you that helps save a life.

Don’t Become a Statistic It is August in Iowa…State Fair excitement, schools beginning a new year, and then, right around the corner will be Labor Day – the traditional end of summer. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year as many people try and squeeze in one more vacation destination. Others will host or attend end-of-summer social events where alcohol will be served. However you decide to observe the end of summer remember this: it is NEVER okay to drink and drive! If your plans include activities where alcohol will be served make sure you have a plan before you arrive on how you will be getting home. Last Labor Day’s three-day weekend resulted in 10 fatalities in Iowa. That was the highest Labor Day fatality count since 1995. Four of those 10 fatalities were alcohol related. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the 2016 holiday (the last year data is available) there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide with 36% involving drivers who were drunk. Almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes and 54% of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk. To combat end-of-summer alcohol related fatalities law enforcement agencies in Iowa and across the nation will be stepping up enforcement from August 17 – September 3, 2018. They will especially be watching for impaired and unbelted drivers and there will be zero tolerance to non-compliant drivers. The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office maintains a Facebook Social Media site for the purpose of reaching out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The site is used to notify the public of information that the Sheriff's Office deems necessary to relay in the event of an emergency. We will also use this site to inform the public of some of the cases the Deputies are working on, when the investigations are completed and usually when the suspects have been charged with a crime. The Clay County Sheriff's Office believes in the Constitutional Right of all Citizens, including the Freedom of Speech. However, we will delete posts that contain profanity or vulgarities as soon as we find that they have been posted to our site. We will also block users that post and or continue to post profanity and vulgarities or other items/narratives that we feel is offensive or improper to be contained on our site. Be sure and check out our website at

***Press release on dog bite in Clay County*** On August 3, 2018 the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to 2424 480th St, Webb for a civil situation between the tenant and a subject who owned a vehicle that was parked on the property. While the Deputy was investigating the situation the tenant’s bull mastiff dog suddenly lunged at the Deputy and bit him on the leg. The Deputy drew his service weapon and discharged it at the dog in self-defense. The Deputy received medical attention at Spencer Avera Clinic for the dog bite to his lower leg. The owner of the dog took it to the vet’s office for medical attention, but the dog died from the wound. No charges have been filed in reference to this complaint.

Allow Life To Thrive, Don’t Drink And Drive.

You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose.

Not only do you put yourself in harms way when you choose to drink and drive, you put everyone else who is on the road at risk as well. Please do yourself and everyone else a favor and line up a sober driver! DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE, SO WE ALL STAY ALIVE!

Welcome to the team, John! John Davenport was sworn in as a Clay County Deputy this morning. We are very glad to have him with us!

Stay alive this Fourth of July -- Find a sober driver.

DRUNK DRIVING Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. This iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. Over the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), • 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28% increase from 2015 (146 fatalities). • Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher - almost twice the legal limit. Please line up a sober driver if you plan on drinking this Fourth of July holiday! DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration in the United States. Families get together for picnics and fireworks which usually requires traveling either long or short distances. With increased road use and the possibility of increased alcohol consumption the risk of traffic crashes rise. An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that on average, more people die in motor vehicle crashes on July Fourth than any other day of the year. The study found that motorcycles and alcohol were both big contributors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016 (the latest year in which data is available) 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28 percent increase from 2015 when there were 146 fatalities. Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit. In Iowa there were five fatalities in 2016 of which four were alcohol related. There were four fatalities in 2017 and one was alcohol related. To combat the impaired driving problem over the Fourth of July holiday, there will be increased law enforcement officers on all of Iowa’s roadways July 1 – 4, 2018 to spread the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated. It is NEVER okay to drive after drinking. Have a plan to get home safely if you will be drinking. The Clay County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau want to remind you that the best way to protect yourself in any crash is to be wearing your seat belt. BUCKLE UP EVERY TRIP EVERY TIME.

Team Sheriff's Office finished up their season today! What a great group! Thanks for such a fun season!!

On 06/15/18 Major General Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard held a Town Hall meeting in Spencer. “Topics included future readiness of the Iowa National Guard and working relationships between a Guard Member and their Employer. Major General Orr presented Sheriff Chris Raveling and Chief Deputy Zach Larsen with a challenge coin for their support of Deputy Josh Long, who is a member of the Iowa Army National Guard.”