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About the Sheriff

Prior to his career in law enforcement Don Phillips worked several different jobs in building maintenance and security while serving in the United States Naval Reserves for 9 years from 1985 until 1994 where he served with great pride.

Phillips began his career in law enforcement when he was hired by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a Reserve Deputy and was hired as a full-time Deputy with the office in 1994. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff until he was appointed Chief Deputy in 2013. During his time as a Deputy Sheriff he worked as a Patrol Deputy assigned to patrol and investigations and was also assigned to the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force for 2.5 years as an Investigator.

Sheriff Phillips family includes his wife Amy, five children and 14 grandchildren.

A message from Don Phillips

I have dedicated my life to law enforcement and I take great pride in protecting and serving the citizens of Wapello County as their elected Sheriff. I will work to keep the faith of our citizens through promoting honesty, integrity, and professionalism throughout the many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Please feel free to contact our office at any time or utilize our website to its fullest potential.

Sincerely,
Donald L. Phillips
Wapello County Sheriff