Welcome to the official website for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. As Sheriff of Ottawa County, I am thrilled to welcome you to this website, which I hope you will find informative and resourceful. This website is intended to assist all Ottawa County residents, along with our visitors, to find the information that you need and assist you while you are visiting with us.
The Sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in the State of Ohio, making the office of the Sheriff unique among law enforcement organizations. The Sheriff is elected/re-elected every four years. This allows the Sheriff, his record, and the way in which he operates his Office to be accountable to the citizens and the voters of the county in which he serves. It is the only remaining law enforcement position in the United States that is filled through the electoral process.
As outlined in Section 311.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Sheriff must provide the following services: Law Enforcement, Court Security, Service of Papers, Jail Operations, Extradition Process and Transportation of Prisoners. Further, the Sheriff has full police jurisdiction in all the municipalities, villages and townships within Ottawa County.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 72 people. I am very proud of the men and women who make up the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. They do a fantastic job for the citizens of Ottawa County and they take great pride in providing professional and caring service.
On a personal note, my wife Lori and I live in Catawba Island Township with our youngest son and our oldest son is a resident of Carroll Township. Lori is a lifelong resident of Ottawa County who has served within the law enforcement community as well. We love the Ottawa County community and I am proud to serve the community in which I live.
I am very thankful to be the Sheriff of Ottawa County and I will not take one day in this office for granted. I promise that any decision made by myself or my administrative staff will be made with the right intentions. We will always try to do what is best for Ottawa County.
Sheriff Stephen J. Levorchick