Dodge County Sheriff's Office History
Sheriff's of Dodge County:
1855-1855 JB HUBBELL
1856-1857 CH MOSES
1857-1859 JOEL WATKINS
1860-1861 MB DOLSON
1862-1863 JF WRIGHT
1864-1867 WILLIAM WEST
1868-1869 D KELLER
1870-1870 M EDISON
1871-1871 ALFRED BROWN
1872-1877 EK WHITING
1878-1890 JE GETMAN
1891-1895 WA HOUSTON
1896-1902 JOEL TUCKER
1903-1907 JOHN BROWN
1908-1912 JL GRISWALD
1913-1926 SEVERT L GILDERHUS
1927-1942 LH STUBBE
1943-1954 RUDY L BENSON
1955-1970 WILLIS J FRYER
1971-1974 WILFRED H MEITZNER
1974-1990 ERNEST J VANDERHYDE
1991-2002 WILLIAM B WEBER
2003-2009 GARY THOMPSON
2009-2010 JIM TRIHEY
2011-2014 JIM JENSEN
2015-Present SCOTT ROSE
2013 - SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN DIES OF HEART ATTACK
Dodge County Sheriff's Captain Loring Guenther died of a heart attack shortly after returning home from work on September 10th, 2013. The 43 year old Captain had been with the Sheriff's Office since 1994. Captain Guenther's positive, enthusiastic personality helped him quickly move up the ranks at the Sheriff's Office being promoted from patrol to training deputy, Sergeant of training, and later Captain.
In addition to his work for the Sheriff's Office, Captain Guenther was also a instructor for the law enforcement program at Rochester Community and Technical College, and was very active each year volunteering for the local Toys for Tots program.
After reviewing the case, the State of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety deemed Captain Guenther's death a Line of Duty death, making it the third Line of Duty (LOD) death in Dodge County and the 273rd LOD death in the state's history. in 2013, he was one of the 119 officers that died in the Line of Duty in the United States. There were 10 others that year that died of heart attacks.
1988 - CLAREMONT POLICE CHIEF KILLED
Claremont Police Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed on July 5th, 1988 while trying to break up a domestic argument in the city of Claremont, less than 200 feet away from his own residence.
1987 Dodge County Sheriff's Office department photo
1982 Dodge County Sheriff's Office department photo
1979 Dodge County Sheriff's Office department photo
Sheriff Ernest J Vanderhyde in a 1978 Dodge Monaco Patrol Squad
This is a picture of the Sheriff's Office location back in 1977. The Sheriff's Office had received two CB Radios that year donated by the Dodge County Posse. This building is currently being used as a county vehicle maintenance shop.
Sheriff Willis J. Fryer's 1960 Dodge Dart Squad and Campaign Poster
Sheriff Meitzner was known to usually wear a suit instead of a uniform.
unknown man, Fryer and Meitzner
Sheriff Joel Tucker was one of the youngest men enlisted in the Civil War. He served as Dodge County Sheriff from 1896-1902.
The Dodge County Courthouse is being remodeled in 2015 to look like the courtroom of 1904.
1905 - HAYFIELD POLICE OFFICER KILLED
Officer Havey was the 1st Line of Duty death in Dodge County history and the 19th LOD death in the state's history.
1855 -- FIRST DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND JAIL CELL
While the county has never really had a "jail" where multiple prisoners could be held, we do still have the first jail cell on display in Mantorville. The Restoration House is located just south of the courthouse in Mantorville. In around 1855 the first floor of this house was rented to the county to house Offices of the Sheriff and Treasurer. Our first jail cell is located in the basement of this house and on display. They also held court on the main floor of this house until the courthouse was completed in 1865. The Sherif's Office then moved into the basement of the courthouse and was there until 1975 when it was moved to the location across from the bank in Mantorville. It remained there until 1991 when it was moved to our current location in the courthouse at the top of the hill.