Welcome to Washington County Sheriff's Office
If you are having an emergency
If you are having an emergency, or any active event that requires police, fire or ambulance call 9-1-1 immediately regardless of the incident location.
Please be aware that 9-1-1 calls from a cell phone may be initially answered by the State Patrol particularly if you are standing/driving close to an interstate.
To inquire about police reports or other administrative functions occurring in the cities of Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, Stillwater, or Woodbury, please contact that agency directly. View contact numbers for these agencies.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office, is located in the Law Enforcement Center, 15015 62nd Street North, Stillwater,MN (adjacent to the county government center and courthouse). The Sheriff's Office also operates several remote "substations" around the county for use by patrol deputies and investigators in order to complete reports in a timely fashion without having to leave their contract area or patrol grid. Substation offices are not generally staffed on a regular basis and are not publicly accessible.
The sheriff's office provides full law enforcement services to all of the cities and townships in the county that do not have their own police department. We also provide police coverage under contract to the cities of Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Willernie, Birchwood, Hugo, Grant, Lake Elmo, Scandia, Afton, St Mary's Point, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Landfall, St Croix Beach, and Newport.
The cities that maintain their own police services are Cottage Grove, Bayport, Forest Lake, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, St. Paul Park, Stillwater and Woodbury. These agencies should be contacted directly to inquire about case reports or for general city police information. View contact numbers for these agencies.
Known as the "Pioneer Agency", Washington County Sheriff’s Office is located in the Law Enforcement Center at 15015 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN.
Phineas Lawrence was the first Sheriff appointed to the territory in 1840. We are proud of our pioneer history, and those who have served since have been honored to carry on the tradition of service to the citizens of Washington County.
Employees and Volunteers
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has 260 full-time employees, 30 temporary/seasonal employees, and more than 100 volunteers. Our employees and volunteers are dedicated to providing services with a high degree of professionalism, compassion and integrity.
The sheriff's office has an annual budget of $36 million, allowing us to provide a variety of public safety services to our citizens
The Sheriff's Office is divided into six divisions and operates within a distinct chain-of-command. The Administrative Division is overseen by Sheriff Dan Starry and Chief Deputy Brian Mueller. The remaining divisions are each overseen by a Commander who reports directly to the Sheriff and Chief Deputy.
Special Services Division (Records / Communication)- Commander Andrew Ellickson
Patrol Division - Commander Doug Anschutz
Investigative Division - Commander Sara Halverson
Jail Division - Commander Roger Heinen
Courts / Special Projects - Commander Cheri Dexter
How to apply
The sheriff's office works closely with Washington County Human Resources when an employment opportunity becomes available. View current career opportunities and find out how to apply. Subscribe to our job opening notifications to receive a notice when a position you are interested in becomes available.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All potential sheriff's office employees must undergo a thorough pre-employment background investigation prior to being hired. Candidates for the positions of Patrol Officer/Deputy Sheriff, Correctional Officer, 911 Public Safety Dispatcher and Evidence Technician must undergo pre-employment psychological and medical examinations, and a drugs of abuse urinalysis test.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office offers a wide variety of career opportunities for both peace officers and civilian personnel. Check out the below listed job descriptions to see which one may interest you.
Once hired by Washington County Sheriff's Office, exciting potential opportunities for career advancement and growth await both peace officer and civilian employees:
Special Assignments for Patrol Officer/Deputy Sheriff
Our deputies begin by working in general patrol and patrol contract areas. Once established, they can apply for a variety of special assignment positions:
Court Security Unit
Water Parks and Trails Unit
Investigator positions: General, Welfare Fraud, Computer Forensics, and Specialized Investigations
Washington County Drug Task Force
East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force
School Resource Officer
Court Security Corporal
Special Assignments for civilian employees
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Additionally, our SWAT and Mobile Field Force, as well as our Community Engagement Team is made up of both peace officers and civilian employees.