Help Wanted

Full-time position – 911 Communications Operator for O’Brien County.

Position involves working variable shifts including nights, weekends & holidays as dispatcher on a full time basis with minimal jail duties. Applicants subject to fingerprinting, background check and MMPI. Starting wage $20.00 per hour and an excellent benefit package including IPERS (retirement), paid vacation, personal and sick leave, and health insurance. Applications available at and must be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office, 240 1st St NE, Primghar, IA. Applications also available under the staff/employment tab.  Equal opportunity employer.

Communications Operator Job Description

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Weapon Permit Renewals

Just a reminder that the COVID-19 relief for weapon permits is set to expire on May 2, 2021. The relief began when Governor Reynolds signed the Public Health Disaster proclamation on March 17, 2020. The proclamation stated that professional and nonprofessional permits to carry and permits to acquire would not expire while the proclamation was effective. This suspension does not extend to the ability of the permits to be used to purchase, in lieu of a NICS check, once the permit is past its original expiration date. Check your current weapon permit expiration date. Renewals may be done 30 days prior to your permit expiring and up to 30 days after your permit expires. If you have any questions regarding your weapon permit please

call 712-957-3380.

Sheriff Allen Schuknecht to retire


O'Brien County Sheriff

Allen Schuknecht

Celebrating 46 years in law enforcement

Due to COVID 19 and the inability to have a retirement party, we are asking that cards be sent to

O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office

PO Box 260

Primghar, Iowa 51245

This is not how we would plan on celebrating Allen and his 46 years in law enforcement but, due to the corona virus, here we are.

Born and raised in O'Brien County, Allen graduated from Paullina High School in 1972 and then attended WIT in Sioux City where he graduated with a degree in Police Science.  He began his career in law enforcement in September of 1974 when he was hired by the Sanborn Police Department.  Allen worked for the Sanborn Police Department for 2 years before being hired by O'Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson.  Allen worked for 15 years in patrol and investigation and then moved to detective for 15 years.  When Chief Deputy Von Kilts retired, Sheriff Anderson appointed Allen Chief Deputy.  He was head of the civil division, jail, and deputies.  When Sheriff Anderson resigned in September of 2016 Allen was appointed sheriff for the end of Anderson's term.  Allen ran a successful campaign for sheriff and was elected to a term starting January 1, 2017. His retirement date is December 31, 2020.

Allen has dedicated endless hours over the past 46 years to O'Brien County.  When you think of Allen's service you have to include his family.  Wife Janelle, sons Adam and Scott and daughter Hillary.  How many times did the work schedule or an emergency call disrupt a family dinner, a birthday celebration or prevent him from attending a school function?

If you know Allen at all you know that he has always wanted the best for everyone.  His integrity is impeccable and those qualities were instilled in him from his parents, Eugene and Betty Schuknecht.

It will be difficult to watch Allen walk out that door for the last time but we wish him well.  We thank him for being a leader throughout his life and we wish him well in his retirement years.  We expect him to stop in and share a joke, a story and a cup of coffee.  We will miss those daily debriefings!