County Government
County Sheriff

Michael Anderson
O'Brien County Sheriff
Contact    Hours
240 1st Street N.E.
P.O. Box 260
Primghar, Iowa 51245
Phone: 712-757-3415
Phone: 712-957-3415
Fax: 712-757-5445
Emergency Operations are available 24 hours a day

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office serves its citizens by providing public safety services to all residents. Services include: 911 Emergency dispatching of all Sheriff, Police, Fire & EMS service providers, bike safety, child fingerprinting, farm/home watch, CRIMEDUSTERS™, crime prevention programs and many more.

"To Serve & Protect"

Sheriff Michael Anderson welcomes you! We have included some basic information that we hope will be of assistance to you. Visit our website for more information such as wanted persons, Sheriff's Sales, County Board Proceedings, Scams etc. Thank you for the visit!!

Emergencies are handled 24 hours per day. Administration hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Weapons permits are by appointment only. For additional details visit our Sheriff's website.

Michael Anderson - Sheriff



Who We Are

The Sheriff's Office has four main divisions: Administration, Uniform, Communications and Jail. The current office is located at 240 1st Street N.E. in Primghar, Iowa.

Administration includes Civil Process, gun permits. liquor license approvals, and sex offender registrations.

The Uniform Division includes narcotics, crimes against persons and property, crime prevention and general traffic patrol.

The Communications Division handles all 911 emergency and non-emergency calls for service within both the rural unincorporated areas and the cities within the county.

The Jail Division handles all inmate bookings and releases from jail. They also provide transportation and supervision of inmates to and from the courts.


O'Brien County Sheriff

Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Department Public Safety

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy