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History of the Sheriffs of Scott County

1

Ai G. Apgar

1853-1856

Apgar was appointed by territorial governor Alexander Ramsey when Scott County was organized into a new county in 1853. At the first election, Apgar won as sheriff. At the same time, his brother, Daniel Apgar, was elected the first Judge of Probate.

       

2

George H. Phillips

1857-1860

Minnesota becomes a state

       

3

Frank M. McGrade

1861-1866

In 1863, McGrade was commissioned as 1st Lt. in Company L of the 2nd MN Calvary. Because of his army responsibilities, McGrade employed a deputy during most of the latter part of his term. He also was involved in scouting and fighting in the Dakota Conflict of 1862.

       

4

Jacob Thomas

1867-1870

 
       

5

Dennis Flaherty

1871-1878

 
       

6

Thomas Weiland

1879-1890

Weiland built his reputation as Sheriff on his uncanny ability to catch horse thieves. He became the mayor of Shakopee in 1891.

       

7

Peter Hilgers

1891-1900

While serving as Sheriff, Hilgers gained an enviable record as a fearless enforcer of the law. Of the most dangerous and exciting of Hilger’s law enforcement experiences was in 1895 when he went after two heavily armed robbers at Merriam Junction. The two men swung onto the back end of a freight train and Sheriff Hilgers caught the caboose right after them. One of the men fired at Sheriff Hilgers, shooting him in the face. Despite loss of blood from the wound, Sheriff Hilgers was able to make it to Shakopee where a doctor extracted the bullet and treated the wound. The Sheriff, as the story goes, went about afterwards as if nothing had happened, catching and jailing the bad guys in the end.

       

8

Frank Wagener

1901-1908

Wagener was from Belle Plaine and became Borough Marshall for a number of years after serving as Scott County Sheriff.

       

9

Charles M. Kopp

1909-1922

Know for taking his duties in stride and keeping a high regard on "getting his man," Sheriff Kopp had many colorful events during his years of service.  In January of 1911, when he was asked by the Omaha Railway officials to go to Merriam Junction and "take a crazy man."  Sheriff Kopp had been donw the line on other business and was returning on the 6:00 PM evening train.  When he arrived in Marriam Junction, Sheriff Kopp went to the depot and found a big, burly man armed with pockets full of brickbat, holding a bar of steel in one hand and a chunk of coal in the other.  There were no other patrons in the depot, having all been frightened away.  Sheriff Kopp jumped the man and wrestled him down.  However, the man's wrists were so large, the Sheriff couldn't get handcuffs on him.  Keeping a cool head during a desperate struggle, Sheriff Kopp was eventually able to secure the man with ropes.  It was later determined that the "crazy" man had merely been under the influence of alcohol.  After spending a few days in jail, Sheriff Kopp bought the man a train ticket home to Minneapolis advsing him not to return to Scott County. 
       

10

Joseph Casper Weckman

1922-1931

Weckman died while in office.
       

11

Arthur F. Mesenbrink

1931-1941

Mesenbrink was appointed by Scott County Commissioners in 1931 to fill the remaining term of Joseph Weckman. Mesenbrink served as Sheriff until October 1941. In July of 1941, Governor Stassen issued an order to remove Mesenbrink from office. This order came as a result of a proceeding instigated by Rev. Olson of Jordan, charging Sheriff Mesenbrink with failure to enforce the gambling laws of Scott County. The governor held that Sheriff Mesenbrink allowed “open, flagrant and notorious” violation of Minnesota’s gambling laws.

       

12

J. P. Wermerskirchen

1941-1950

       

13

W. B. “Rip” Schroeder

1951-1970

From professional baseball player and internationally known prized pigeon breeder to Sheriff. During his 20-year term, Schroeder promoted professionalism in law enforcement, not only in Scott County, but also throughout Minnesota. He was a member and served several positions on the board of the National Sheriff’s Association. Schroeder was also extremely active in the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and the Metropolitan Sheriff’s Association, serving several board positions. He was selected to attend the 55th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation national academy in Washington, D.C. Schroeder also purchased the first identified squad car for the Sheriff’s Office. He also obtained uniforms for his deputy and himself, which made Scott County the first Minnesota County outside a metropolitan area to have uniformed sheriff’s deputies. Among Schroeder’s many accomplishments, he was a guest speaker at the 1970 Minnesota State Sheriff’s Association summer conference. It was the first time in the history of the Association that a member sheriff was honored by an invitation to speak at their own banquet. He received a standing ovation for his speech regarding the civil unrest of the period and how violent acts which accompanied much of the protests were a threat to the freedom and safety of all Americans. In 1966, Schroeder was the recipient of a 20-year award from the American Red Cross relating to his service and promotion of their First Aid and Water Safety program. Although receiving numerous honors and awards in law enforcement and civic contributions, among his friends, Rip was known as “Giant of the Pigeon World”

       

14

Robert Moody

1971-1978

Moody had served as an investigator during Rip Schroeder’s terms and had many of the same professional standards and beliefs as Schroeder. Moody was known as being very service oriented, anxious to continue Schroeder’s tradition of a modern and qualified Sheriff’s Office. Having highly trained staff was important to Sheriff Moody. While he was Sheriff, all the road deputies were Emergency Medical Technicians and squads were equipped with first aid and rescue equipment. Scott County was one of the leaders in this concept, since having peace officers do more than fight crime was a relatively new idea to the law enforcement community. He welcomed the public for tours of the Sheriff’s Office, hoping to educate citizens and promote better relations. In addition to his duties as Scott County Sheriff, Moody also served on the Metropolitan Sheriff’s Association board. In 1972, Sheriff Moody equipped the Sheriff’s Office with a “sno-cruiser” sled to be used for winter emergency rescue. Moody is credited for initiating the Sheriff’s Office crime scene unit and also an improved radio communications system. These improvements helped solve serious crimes Scott County was experiencing at the time, such as the Bonner murder case in 1977.

       

15

Doug Tietz

1979-1986

During his term, Tietz and his staff experienced probably the most stressful and tremulous years in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. Crimes during this period include the Richard Melony/Timothy Weierke murder case, the William Golla/Harry Golla murder case, an interstate agri-business crime involving stolen chemicals, the Cermak family criminal sexual conduct cases and the Jordan criminal sexual conduct cases. In addition to these highly publicized high profile cases, Tietz lost a valuable member of his investigative staff. In March 1983, Detective George Lill died from a heart attack while off duty. Through his experience and education, Lill had become a specialist in domestic violence and child abuse investigation. Through Lill's hard work and dedication as the principle investigator in the murder of William Golla and in the Cermak family sex abuse cases, convictions were obtained.

       

16

Bill Nevin

1987-2002

Nevin was also a progressive and service oriented administrator. The Sheriff’s Office grew in many areas under his guidance. A few accomplishments during his tenure include:
• Neighborhood Watch program,
• Special Response Team
• Mounted Reserve Unit
• D.A.R.E. program
• Road spike system for fleeing vehicles
• Mobile data terminals and video systems in the county squads
• Maintaining leadership in major crime clearance rates in the metropolitan area
• Juvenile Alternative Facility
• Electronic Home Monitoring system
• Jail Annex.

       

17

Dave Menden

2003-2006

The new law enforcement center was built, including a much needed and improved jail facility

       

18

Kevin Studnicka

2007 - present

 

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