Sheriffs of Ringgold County, Iowa



Appointed to Organize Ringgold county
William N. Mc Efee

May-August 1855 - Hiram Imus (Appointed Sheriff)

1855-1857 - Peter Doze (First Elected Sheriff)

1858 - Chas. H. Schooler (Resigned)

1858-1859 - Samuel Allison (Appointed Sheriff)

1860-1861 - John D. Carter

1862-1863 - John McGahuey

1864-1865 - Luther Tollotson

1866-1867 - David B. Marshall

1868-1869 - John A. Lesan, Jr.

1870-1873 - David B. Marshall
(he became Mayor of Mount Ayr in 1900)

1874-1875 - J.R. Henderson

1876-1879 - Hugh A. White

1880-1881 - William A. Delashmutt
(he became Mayor of Mount Ayr in 1892

1882-1883 - John H. Been

1884-1889 - James Beard
(he became Mayor of Mount Ayr in 1916)

1890-1891 - T.D. McQuigg

1892-1897 - A.E. Holland

1898-1899 - J.P. Newton

1900-1907 - H.M. Miller

1908-1915 - Henry W. Terrell (first term)

1916-1918 - Chas. H. King

1919-1920 - Elmer Nichols

1921-1922 - Henry W. Terrrell (second term)

1923-1926 - Marion Stephens
(we are trying to determine if this sheriff and the next were brothers)

1927-1930 - Rollo Stephens

1931-1932 - Henry W. Terrell (third term)

1933-1935 - Leslie E. Thompson

1935-1938 - O.K. Knight

1939-1955 - H.P. Todd

1955-1961 - Warren Drake

1961-1984 - Elbert T. Strange
(he was the longest-serving sheriff with a total of 23 years)

1985-1999 - Lyle E. Minnick
(his time as both a deputy and as sheriff totals a service of 24 years)


Appointed in 1999 to fill the unexpired term of Lyle Minnick; and then elected in 2000 for his own term:

1999-2004 - Robert "Bob" Bennett
(grandfather to suceeding sheriff, Michael Sobotka)

2005-present - Michael Sobotka
(grandson to preceeding sheriff, Bob Bennett)
Right now, Ringgold County has the second youngest sheriff in the state of Iowa -- 2015.



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