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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 - 1859
G.W. Baker - 1859 - 1864
George Gray - 1864 - 1866
H. Loomis - 1866 - 1867
Thomas Harrington - 1867 - 1868
William Brown - 1868 - 1873
James A. Ellison – 1873 - 1874
L.O. Benjamin - 1874 - 1876
J.C. Mulholland - 1876 - 1881
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
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.