Notice of Public Comment for the Use of Body Cameras

 The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the use of body cameras for all Deputies.  Public comment will be accepted on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at the meeting of the Watonwan County Board of Commissioners in the Watonwan County Courthouse, St. James, Minnesota, for the purpose of hearing concerns and receiving other information.  Per Minnesota Statue 626.8473 Subd. 2 the board must provide an opportunity for public comment. Public comment will be accepted prior to the board meeting electronically by emailing  Written policy and procedures may be viewed at the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office during regular office hours or on the county website at on the Sheriff’s page.


The Sheriff’s Department of Watonwan County is an integral part of the county’s system of justice. As the chief law enforcement authority in the county, the sheriff is charged with the duty to "keep and preserve the peace of his county, for which purpose he may call to his aid such persons or power of his county as he deems necessary."


To fulfill this responsibility, the sheriff’s office renders many services to the residents of Watonwan County. Among these are the pursuit and apprehension of all persons who have committed felonies, investigation of crimes and accidents in cooperation with the county attorney’s office, searching for missing persons, patrolling county roads and lakes, and providing traffic control.

Court Services

The sheriff’s office also acts in serving of warrants, commitments, and court orders. This includes the orders of the court as they relate to civil litigation and other legal processes.

Court Room Safety

Bailiffs are responsible for the seclusion and safety of jurors during deliberation. They are also responsible for the security and restraint of prisoners in the courtroom.

County Jail

The county jail, located in the Law Enforcement Annex of the Watonwan County Courthouse, is managed by the sheriff. The sheriff’s office coordinates its efforts with local, state, and national agencies to meet the common objectives of public safety.

  1. Jared Bergeman

    County Sheriff

  2. Physical Address
    715 Third Avenue S
    Watonwan County Courthouse
    St. James, MN 56081


    Phone: 507-375-3121
    Fax: 507-375-1246
    Emergency: 911

    Administrative Office Hours 
    Monday through Friday 
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.