Wapello County Sheriff’s Office Implementing Temporary Changes

Wapello County – Effective immediately, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is implementing some temporary changes in an effort to reduce some of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

This is being done in an effort to protect those we serve as well as our dedicated staff.

These are the precautionary measures we are taking:

  • Corrections Division: We have a heightened intake screening process and are taking additional sanitary precautions. The Wapello County Jail has SUSPENDED all jail visitation until further notice, other than attorney visits.
  • Patrol Division: Our Deputies are still here to serve you and will still be available 24/7. We are however encouraging them to take additional precautions to reduce the risk potential. This may include taking reports by telephone when circumstances allow. Also Deputies are encouraged to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when talking to anyone in public if possible.
  • Concealed Handgun Licensing: “We are working to have the forms available on line at http://wapellocounty.org/departments/sherif-and-jail/ . We hope to have this implemented by the end of the working day Tuesday (March 17).  A person can print off the forms whether it is a new application for permit to carry, a renewal, or a Permit to Acquire at their residence and fill them out.  They can be mailed in to the Sheriff’s Office at 330 West Second Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.  Also please include a colored copy of your identification (Driver’s License), copy of your training and check or money order.  The prices for each will also be included on the web site.  You may also go to Iowa Department of Public Safety and print out the forms.
  • Limited Access to Law Center: Wapello County Sheriff’s Office has limited access to the Wapello County Law Enforcement Center. Members of the public are encouraged to call in to the Sheriff’s Office first before stopping in (641) 684-4350 or Ottumwa Police Dept. (641) 683-0661. If the public stops by limited access is in place for the protection of both departments staff.  The public doors will remain unlocked to gain access to the lobby area, from there the doors to jail visitation and administration offices will be locked.  There are phones in the entry area that can be picked up and contact be made with a dispatcher.  You will then be transferred to who it is you would like to talk to administration offices, jail, or officer.

If anyone from the public needs a copy of an accident or incident report they can contact the department they are needing it from and a copy can be emailed, faxed and or mailed to you.

We continue to work with state and local officials regarding this issue.  We will continue to monitor the situation and the temporary changes may be modified.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages the community to remain calm and to follow the advice of official sources such as Wapello County Board of Supervisors, City of Ottumwa, Wapello County Emergency Management, Wapello County Public Health, Iowa Dept. of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control on what preventative measures you can take.



Sheriff Don Phillips