Wadena County Sheriff's Office
415 So Jefferson St
Wadena, MN  56482
Phone:  218-631-7600
Fax:  218-631-7699 
Civil Process
Phone:  218-632-6059
Fax:  218-632-6057

Wadena County Sheriff
Michael D. Carr

Sheriff Michael D. Carr is a native of Minnesota who was born in Staples and raised in Wadena.  Sheriff Carr graduated from Wadena High School in 1990 and went on to Brainerd Community College where he received his Associate of Arts Degree. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and received his Skills training at Hibbing Range Technical College.  Sheriff Carr is a 2007 graduate of the Minnesota Sheriff’s School and a 2008 graduate of the 95th National Sheriff’s School.
The Sheriff began his law enforcement career as a part-time Water Patrol Deputy for Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked as a part-time peace officer for the cities of Verndale, Sebeka, and Staples and started his full-time career by working for cities of Menahga, Baxter and Wadena.
Sheriff Carr has over 18 years of law enforcement experience with 13 of those years with the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office. He has attended numerous leadership development schools over his years of service and has specialized in the areas of Child and Adult Protection, Narcotics, Field Training Officer, SWAT, and SWAT Team Leader.

Sheriff Carr is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Minnesota Sheriff's Association, National Sheriff's Association, Verndale Fire/Rescue Department, Wadena Elks Lodge, Champs Coalition, Wadena Rotary, Knob Hill Sportsman Club, Stocking Lake Booster Club & Immanuel Lutheran Church (Wadena)


The Wadena County Sheriff's Office currently has over 40 full-time, part-time employee’s. It is the responsibility of the Sheriff's Office to preserve peace and order within Wadena County. As the highest ranking law enforcement official in the county, the Sheriff ensures that each and every member of his office upholds strict standards in order to accomplish this. The members of the Wadena County Sheriff's Office are eager to assist the citizens of Wadena County. Our goal is to make any contact you may have with our office pleasant and comfortable.
We have wonderful employees who have "taken ownership" of their local policing responsibilities and have built a solid foundation of community oriented police service.
I hope you find the answers to your questions as you explore our web page.  We do take great pride in our ability to provide the highest level of service we can.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, please give us a call and we will do our very best to help you.


Services provided by the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office include:

  • 9-1-1 emergency telephone system
  • a dispatch communication center for all emergency services
  • a criminal investigation unit
  • a patrol division for law enforcement
  • a boat and water, ATV, and snowmobile patrol
  • a canine unit to help search for missing persons, drugs and locate suspects at crime scenes
  • a civil process and criminal warrants
  • a courtroom bailiff  
  • association with the lWest Centrao Drug Taskforce
  • emergency manager
  • SWAT


A medication drop box is now located at the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office in the lobby area.  The public is welcome to dispose of any unwanted medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  No ID is required and this is a free service the Sheriff’s Office provides.  The following medicines from households are accepted: prescription medicines (including controlled substances), over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and pet medicines.  The following is NOT accepted: medicine from businesses that include- health care facilities, pharmacies or doctor offices, pharmaceutical representatives and veterinary clinics.  There is absolutely NO needles, sharps or syringes accepted.

 Sheriff Michael D. Carr says prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens.  Please do your part and dispose of these medications in a proper way.  Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate water, harm wildlife and pollute drinking water. 

Anyone with any questions is encouraged to contact the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office at 218-631-7600.


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