The Sheriff of Wilkin County is an elected official. The Sheriff: -Keeps and preserves peace in the County, administers programs aimed at protection of life and property. -Must be a licensed peace officer in the State of Minnesota. -Investigates complaints of criminal activity, investigates traffic accidents, interviews witnesses, victims and suspects, gathers evidence, prepares reports and arrests suspects. -Directs service on all civil and criminal processes; warrants, writs, precepts and orders delivered to the Sheriff. -Directs all operations for Search and Rescue of citizens in the county. -Investigates all deaths occurring in the county. The Sheriff acts as coroner of the county. -Transports all mentally ill and inebriated persons to the appropriate facilities. -Testifies in court and also serves as Court Bailiff for court proceedings. -Prepares, recommends and monitors Sheriff's Department budget. -Develops and implements Department Policy and Procedure. -Assigns deputies tasks, review performance and promotions. Interviews and selects new employees. Schedules training. -Works closely with other law enforcement agencies, probation and parole, prosecutors and social services agencies and the medical examiner's office. -Maintains confidential records when appropriate. -Maintains a 21 bed Jail for Wilkin County. -Contracted with six towns in Wilkin County for police protection

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