Sheriff's Office History


On February 20, 1855 the Minnesota Territorial Legislature created Olmsted County. In 1858 the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners established the county seat at Rochester. The first recorded Olmsted County Sheriff in 1855 was R.H. McReady. The first records of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office date back to 1881, with jail records being found as far back as 1858. Sheriffs worked by themselves for a number of years with the first Deputy L.O. Benjamin, being appointed in 1874.

Sheriffs of Olmsted County:

R.H. McReady - 1855 - ?

James Allison - 1874 - ?

H.M. Richardson - 1881-1894

William H. Mitchell - 1894-1923

S.J. Hauch - 1923-1924

G.R. Gelatt - 1924-1948

Gerald Cunningham - 1948-1971

Charles R. Von Wald - 1971-1990

Stanley D. Anderson - 1990-1991

Steven C. Borchardt - 1991- 2008

Steven C. VonWald - 2008 - 2011

David E. Mueller - 2011 - 2015

Kevin E. Torgerson - 2015 - Present


Photo of Deputy Jack Werner
Deputy Jack Werner


Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 17, 1977

Biographical Info
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 5 yr

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, May 17, 1977
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Deputy Werner was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a suspect who was driving wildly in a deserted mall parking lot. The suspect opened fire on Deputy Werner with a shotgun, striking him in the chest. The suspect then fled in Deputy Werner's patrol car. The suspect was apprehended four hours later.

Deputy Werner had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.