Pella Chronicle

Local News

December 1, 2012

Sheriff's Office preparing for transition

Pella — Riding down the highway in the Marion County Sheriff's SUV, Ron Goemaat tells his soon-to-be-successor, Jason Sandholdt, about the rattle he will notice when the protective glass between the front and middle seats is up. This is one of many little details Sandholdt is trying to brush up on before he takes over the office on Jan. 1, 2013.

“Ron's been very helpful,” Sandholdt said. He spent several hours with Goemaat on Friday, trying to learn what he can. Sheriff-elect Sandholdt is already known around the office, but is spending more time with staff members to try to further establish a rapport, all the while respecting the fact that Goemaat will still be the sheriff until the end of the year.

“You can't tell him everything you need to know to tell him in one day,” Goemaat said. “We want him to be ready to go on Jan. 1.”

“I'm very appreciative of (Goemaat) allowing me to come in and get familiar,” Sandholdt said.

One of the subjects Goemaat is basing most of his lessons on is the civil aspect of the Sheriff's Office. Sandholdt's background as a law enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will significantly aid him with that portion of the sheriff's responsibilities, but many of the civil duties will be new to him.

He intends to spend time in each department of the office to learn more about what each department does. The sheriff's duties include handling levies on property, cash registers and bank accounts, as well as wage garnishments, court-appointed guardianships and more.

“Jason's smart,” Goemaat said. “He'll pick it up quick.” Goemaat and Sandholdt are also complimentary of the employees who perform these tasks for the office. Their years of experience will help Sandholdt as things move on.

“They've been all very, very helpful,” Sandholdt said.

Because he believes things are going well, he does not plan to make any “drastic” changes immediately upon taking over the office. He will evaluate every aspect of the office and see if there are areas that could be improved or done differently. This will take some time.

“I think it would be foolish for me to walk into an office that is working so well and upset the apple cart,” Sandholdt said.

The Marion County Sheriff's transition is unique. Chief Deputies, as Goemaat was, often run to succeed their Sheriffs. Sandholdt was not even connected to the Sheriff's Department, but rather a state agency. In some counties, current sheriffs may have lost elections to adversaries. Goemaat and Sandholdt are thankful they do not have this issue.

“It helps that we are friends,” Sandholdt said.

“It was time for me to leave and someone else come in,” Goemaat added. Goemaat endorsed Sandholdt early in the sheriff's race, and is eager to have Sandholdt take over for him.

“I think it would be a harder transition if Ron and I didn't have a good working relationship before,” Sandholdt said.

The sheriff's office is also handling little things, such as depleting the supply of office stationary and materials that bear Goemaat's name. A new badge has also been ordered for Sandholdt.


Text Only
Local News
  • Seusical 261.JPG Summer Fun for Families: Seussical the Musical

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 93.jpg Pella Community Calendar of Events

    June 25 - Aug. 2

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Republicans.jpg Republicans to hold events
    The Marion County Republicans are holding events in Knoxville and Pella Saturday, July 26. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fawn.jpg Marion County photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced at the Marion County Fair. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Military Retiree Appreciation Day Aug. 28 near Pella A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are eligible to attend. The event will run from

    July 22, 2014

  • Logo for story Nurses flourish at PRHC with Pathway to Excellence Pella Regional Health Center has again achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pathway to Excellence recognition is earned by health care organizations nationwide that create work environments wh

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lake Red Rock Programs for July 25-30 There’s always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Check out these upcoming programs: July 25 - “Thief in the Night” - 7:00 p.m. - Howell Station CampgroundProblem: A critter of the night consistently raises havoc with backyard bird feeders. Action

    July 22, 2014

  • USDA's NRCS wetland compliance listening session set for July 28 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a listening session on Monday, July 28, to seek comments on proposed changes to wetland compliance provisions. The session will be at Ankeny Fire Station #1, 120 NW Ash Drive, from 1 p.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • Pella Runway Rehabilitation Project continues along The Pella City Council, during last week’s meeting, approved a resolution, following a public hearing on the matter, for plans, specifications, form of contract, receiving bids, making award of contract to TK Concrete, and issuing notice to proceed a

    July 22, 2014

  • Photo contest winners named Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced last week at the Marion County Fair. The annual Contest is sponsored by Marion County Extension & Outreach and the Marion County Development commission (MCDC). This year nearly 300 photos

    July 22, 2014

AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide