Welcome to Lincoln County Minnesota

Sheriff's Department

Together We Can Make a Difference in Our Community!"

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
322 N. Wallace St.
P.O. Box 166
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Phone: 507-694-1664, Fax: 507-694-1325 (Fax)

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is located in the Law Enforcement Center in Ivanhoe. The facility was built in 2001, replacing an older facility which was built in 1902. The Law Enforcement Center is located directly behind the Lincoln County Courthouse and houses the Communications Center, Jail Facility and several offices for staff.

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Sheriff: Chad Meester

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a proactive quality service that promotes and protects the well-being of all within Lincoln County.

Our vision is to be an organization that is proactive and involved within our community so that by working together we can create a safer community.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is committed to being highly trained, knowledgeable, resourceful and adaptive so that we are prepared to answer all calls no matter what the situation may be. We are an organization where all employees have the opportunity to offer and develop various creative ideas. We are also an organization that discourages complacency and believes in "making everyday a training day.” We encourage leadership development, offer educational and training opportunities and encourage personal accountability for professional growth. We are committed to each employee that takes the initiative to advance their education and accept additional duties and tasks. We recognize our employees for their accomplishments and constructively address areas of improvement.

To achieve our mission, we will demonstrate the highest standard of professionalism with a commitment to excellence. We will strive to be proactive and innovative when solving problems along with communicating and partnering with various members and organizations within our community. We encourage our employees to be active within our community and volunteer. We strive to be fiscally responsible providing an adequate level of public safety services. We will not compromise in attracting, developing, motivating and empowering people who demonstrate professional competence, courage and conduct. We will also continue to build and enhance professional relationships at the local, state and national level.

What We Do

The position of Sheriff is an elected position, which the terms are 4 yrs in length. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department offers 24-hour service for the citizens of Lincoln County. Our Communications Center receives dispatches all 911 calls for the county. This includes fire, medical and police related emergencies.

Lincoln County recently completed upgrading its E-911 system to provide better emergency services to the citizens of Lincoln County. This included rural addressing and rural signing of most roadways in Lincoln County. Included were upgrades of computers to allow the Communication Center Operators the ability to easily obtain names, phone numbers and addresses of those calling for emergency assistance. These same computers allow the operators the ability to track or follow the emergency vehicles responding to addresses within Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, accident investigations, criminal investigations, crime prevention, boat & water safety and enforcement, completing civil process papers along with many additional services.

The Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center has the ability to house up to 15 inmates within the jail facility. The Sheriff’s Department personnel is responsible for booking in inmates into and out of the jail facility, along with transporting inmates to and from court as needed.

Lincoln County Courthouse, 319 N. Rebecca, PO Box 29, Ivanhoe, MN 56142  | Phone: 507-694-1000 , Fax: 507-694-1198

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