Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew

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This week is National Police Week with Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15th. President Biden directed entities across the country to fly their flags at half-staff. He also called upon Americans to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities during a year of turmoil. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer takes us to one event uniting several generations of law officers for a common cause.

This week on The Exchange, we remember a Woodbury County teacher who died from COVID-19. Cherie Dandurand taught at Woodbury Central Schools. She was the first teacher in northwest Iowa to die from the coronavirus.

The end of the year, also means the end of almost 4 decades in law enforcement for Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew.  The 60-year-old retires at the end of the year after eight-years leading the Sheriff’s Office.  

He reflects on his long career and the evolution of law enforcement with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer before incoming Sheriff Chad Sheehan takes office.

Một cuộc kiểm tra sau bầu cử đã không tìm thấy sự khác biệt nào trong kết quả bỏ phiếu của quận Woodbury trong cuộc bầu cử sơ bộ tuần trước.

Số phiếu bầu từ một khu bầu cử được chọn ngẫu nhiên sáng nay cũng giống như số lượng được tính bằng máy bỏ phiếu vào ngày 2 tháng 6, kiểm toán viên quận Woodbury và ủy viên bầu cử Pat Gill nói với Tạp Chí Sioux City.

Fuula filannoo irratti torbaan tartee filannoo jalqaba magaala Woodbury county bu’aa filannoo irratti garaagarumma hin argamu.

Har’a ganama filannoo harkaan lakkaahame kan June 2 maashinaan lakkaahame walqixuma ta’uu isaa Woodbury county duraa ta’aan filannoo Pat Gill himee waraa sioux city oduu himaati.

 በድህረ-ምርጫ ኦዲት ባለፈው ሳምንት የመጀመሪያ ምርጫ ወቅት በ Woodbury County የምርጫ ውጤቶች መካከል ልዩነቶች አልተገኙም ፡፡

ዛሬ ጠዋት በአጋጣሚ በተመረጠው የምርጫ ክልል የምርጫ ጣቢያ የእጅ ቆጠራዎች ሰኔ 2 ቀን በምርጫ ማሽኖች ከተሰጡት ቁጥሮች ጋር ተመሳሳይ ናቸው ፡፡ ዉድበሪንግ ካውንቲ ኦዲተር እና የምርጫ ኮሚሽነር ፓት ጊል ለSioux City ከተማ ጆርናል ተናግረዋል ፡፡

Una auditoría posterior a las elecciones no encontró discrepancias en los resultados de la votación del condado de Woodbury durante las elecciones primarias de la semana pasada.

Un conteo manual de boletas de un distrito electoral elegido al azar esta mañana fue el mismo que los números calculados por las máquinas de votación el 2 de junio, dijo el auditor del condado de Woodbury y comisionado electoral Pat Gill al Journal de Sioux City.

Hanti-dhowrka doorashada ka dib kama helin wax farqi ah oo ka dhashay natiijadii cod-bixinta ee Degmada Woodbury County ee la dheereystay intii lagu jiray doorashadii asbuucii hore.

Tirinta codadka codbixinta ee doorashada si aan kala sooc lahayn loo doortay saaka ayaa la mid ah nambarada lagu xisaabiyo mashiinnada codbixinta bisha Juun 2deeda, xisaabiyaha degmada Woodbury iyo madaxa doorashada Pat Gill ayaa u sheegay Sioux City Journal.

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Three Woodbury County J ail inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, according to the Sioux City Journal. 

The three inmates were asymptomatic and had been around other inmates prior to being tested. The three are now in isolation. The remaining 144 inmates have been tested, and Sheriff Dave Drew said he expected to begin receiving results yet today.

With the daily totals of new cases in Woodbury County slowing recently, Drew said he had hoped the jail might avoid the coronavirus pandemic.

June 4, 2020
Ike Rayford/NAACP

An estimated crowd of 300 joined together for peace and healing in downtown Sioux City Thursday afternoon after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Local law enforcement leaders, and representatives from Unity in the Community and NAACP attended the Unity in Prayer event.

A march is planned for Friday afternoon.  People plan to gather at Cook Park at 2 p.m. with the march at three.  The event was organized by a student from West High.

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Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

Today we hear from the Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and the Republican candidates for the sheriff's office in Woodbury County.  Voters are being asked to weigh in on these races on June 2nd.

Chad Sheehan and Todd Wieck are running for sheriff.  Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham, Eddie Mauro and Michael Franken are running for the chance to square off with Republican Senator Joni Ernst in the general election this fall.

Woodbury County Auditor

The contenders are ready in the race for Woodbury County Sheriff and three Supervisor seats. 

The filing deadline for candidates ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  

Two Republicans are running to replace Sheriff Dave Drew who didn’t seek re-election.

Todd Wieck, is a major with the sheriff’s office and will face-off with Chad Sheehan a retired Sioux City Police Officer who operates a consulting firm in school and business safety and security.  They face off in a primary on June 2.

* Because of security and safety concerns several areas inside of the jail were off-limits for photos during recent tour
Siouxland Public Media

On Wednesday, February 26, Siouxland Public Media hosted a live edition of the  Exchange at the Sioux City Public Library.  The topic was the Woodbury County jail bond referendum, set for Tuesday, March 3.

County residents will decide whether to a 50.3 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.  County leaders and those who work in the jail say it is too crowded and has numerous plumbing, heating and cooling problems.

It was built to hold 80 inmates and now it has 230 inmates. 

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Woodbury County residents go to the polls next Tuesday to decide on the future of a proposed  50.3 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail. 

Woodbury County officials and jail employees say the current jail located downtown across from the courthouse is ridden with heating, cooling and plumbing problems that would cost more than 22 million dollars to fix. 

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Next Tuesday, Woodbury County residents will decide whether to a 50.3 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.  County leaders and those who work in the jail say it is too crowded and has numerous plumbing, heating and cooling problems.

Siouxland Public Media held a public forum on the referendum today at the Sioux City Public Library.  Longtime Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew attended the forum.  Asked about the need for the new jail, Drew said the jail was built for 80 prisoners back in 1986. 

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Woodbury County residents will head to the polls March 3rd for a bond referendum to build a new law enforcement center and jail.

The board of supervisors has joined the city of Sioux City in signing off on that date. Now the city, the county and a joint jail authority they've created will launch a public information campaign.  Chair Matthew Ung says people can bring their questions or concerns about the new jail to any board meeting and the supervisors will do their best to answer them until the vote on March 3, 2020.

Siouxland Public Media

As we head into the new year, one of the local issues likely to make headlines; the debate over a new jail for Woodbury County.  

Woodbury County’s top law enforcer provided Siouxland Public Media News with an update.

Sheriff Dave Drew says the county is looking at having the public vote on a new jail next year.

 “I hope they’re understanding the difficult situation we are in that we are full and we should not let people out that should probably be out.” 

Law enforcement leaders and first responders teamed up for a special announcement in Sioux City on Wednesday, December 4th.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has details on a new 911 system operating in parts of the metro area.

Local law enforcement officials and first responders from Woodbury and Dakota County gathered for an announcement on Wednesday, December 3, 2019 to improve public safety.  Both, jurisdictions are using “Text-to-911”.

On this week's program, we will hear from the author of a new book that tells the wide-ranging history of the Lakota people, who have lived in Missouri River Valley for hundreds of years.

Also, we have an interview with presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg spoke with the hosts of the podcast We Are Not A Monolith Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce at the Siouxland Public Media studios last week.

The Exchange April 16, 2017 at Pierce St. Coffeeworks

Apr 27, 2017

The Exchange was live at Pierce St. Coffeeworks with City Council members Dan Moore and Rhonda Carpon, as well as Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew and the Chair of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Mathew Ung.  We talked about the economy, building downtown, tax incentives, creating a national historic district downtown and public safety, among other issues.