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                                                             Sheriff James V. Stubbs

                                            Webster County Law Enforcement Center
                                                                702 1st Ave. S
                                                            Fort Dodge, IA 50501
                                                            Phone: 515-573-1410
                                                            Fax:     515-573-2011

Press Release from Webster County Sheriff’s Office

Effective immediately,
The Webster 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 Webster County Jail has SUSPENDED all jail visitation until further
notice, other than attorney visits. Finger printing for the public is also SUSPENDED.

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, not allowing the public into the vehicle unless necessary
when circumstances allow. Also Deputies are encouraged to maintain a distance of at least 6
feet when talking to anyone in public if possible. To practice hand washing and sanitizing on a
regular basics.

Concealed Handgun Licensing: "We are working to have the forms available on line at and click on the Sheriff tab. We hope to have this implemented by
the end of the working day Friday March 20th. 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. It must be mailed in to the Sheriff’s Office at 702 1st Ave South, Fort Dodge Iowa
50501. Also please include a colored copy of your identification (Driver’s License), which must
be your current address, along with a local check or money order.  If applying for the renewal include all of the above along with a copy of your permit.
The prices for each is as follows, Renewal $25. Or new $50.
You may also go to Iowa Department of
Public Safety and print out the forms.

New Carry permit include: Application, Copy of Class Certificate of Training, Color Copy of Drivers License,
$50.00 local check or money order
Renewal of Carry Permit: Application, Colored copy of Drivers license, Colored copy of Permit, and 
$25.00 local check or money order.
Acquire Permit-Application, Colored copy of Drviers License, and $25.00 local check or money order

When applying for a carry permit you can purchase with that permit also, so you do not need to fill out both forms .

Limited Access to Law Center: Webster County Sheriff’s Office has limited access to the
Webster County Law Enforcement Center. Members of the public are encouraged to call in to
the Sheriff’s Office first before stopping in (515) 573-1410 or Fort Dodge Police Dept. (515) 573-
2323. 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 only, from there
the doors to jail visitation and administration offices will be locked. There is an intercom in the
entry area that can be utilized so that contact can be made with a dispatcher. You will then be advised on how to contact the department that you would like to talk to administration offices, jail, a deputy or officer.
If anyone from the public needs a copy of an accident or incident report the preferred method would be that they can contact the department they are needing it from and a copy can be emailed, faxed and or mailed to you after payment of $5.00 is received by check or money order.

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 Webster County Board of Supervisors, City of Fort Dodge, Webster County Emergency Management, Webster County Public Health, Iowa Dept. of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control on what preventative measures you can take to help insure the safety of our citizens.

James V Stubbs
Webster County Sheriff


We, the members of the Webster County Sheriffs Office , are committed to excellence in law enforcement and are dedicated to the people and traditions of our County. In order to protect life and property, prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime, we will provide service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision.

We are the primary law enforcement agency for all rural areas in Webster County as well as Badger, Barnum,Callender, Clare. Harcourt, Lehigh, Moorland & Vincent.     

  The Webster County Sheriff's Office is staffed by 16 sworn Deputies, 3 Civil Clerks, 1 Civil Process Server,
 24 Correctional Officers & Reserve Unit.


Services Provided
Respond to calls from citizens Traffic enforcement
Patrol approximately 720 sq. miles Accident investigations
Contract law enforcement for 5 communities Criminal investigations
Assist other local agencies Narcotics investigations
Assist state and federal agencies Serve arrest warrants
Security and traffic control at special events Execute search warrants
Staff and maintain 56 bed jail facility Garnishments
D.A.R.E. for community schools Weapon Permits
Involved in Crime Stoppers Evictions
Sheriff sales Condemnations