Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Reserves

In 1999, Buena Vista County implemented the Reserve Program.  The program allows the Sheriff to train and deputize men and women to act as sworn law enforcement officers.  The Reserve Deputies work in addition to, and have all the same powers as, the full-time deputies.  Each Reserve Deputy commits to working a minimum of 8 hours per month in addition to time spent at meetings, training, fundraising, and special events. Some of the local events that the Reserves have provided coverage for include RAGBRAI, Thresherman’s, the County Fair, and more.  In addition to working patrol shifts, they give back to the community by volunteering for National Night Out, and handing out hats and gloves during the Christmas Parade.

They provide extra manpower at very little expense to the taxpayers of Buena Vista County.  The assistance of the Reserve Officers is essential to the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Buena Vista County.  Their willingness to work allows the Sheriff’s Office to effectively staff shifts, provide adequate manpower for large-scale events, and limit overtime hours for full-time deputies.  They do all this for a yearly paycheck of $10.00 –before taxes.

About the Reserve Deputies

  • Began with 8 members and currently have 12 members
  • Have had 5 members go on to careers in law enforcement
  • Reserve Deputies log a combined 2,200 hours per year
  • Have assisted numerous law enforcement agencies within the area
  • Maintain careers in our community as firefighters, farmers, service technicians, insurance adjusters, environmental specialists, mechanics, city and county maintenance workers, and correctional officers.
  • Won the 2012 and 2018 Donald H. Mackaman Outstanding Unit of Iowa award
  • Hosted the 2014 Annual Reserve Law Officers Association Conference
  • Have won numerous awards at the state-level Annual Reserve Shoot Competition
  • Have held various elected positions within the State Association including President
  • Are completely self-funded through donations and fundraisers

Current Reserve Deputies

  • Jason Butler
  • Scott Mack
  • Jeff Goodman
  • David Strand
  • Brian Rebhuhn
  • Walter Debock
  • Marco Barahona


If you would like to donate to the Sheriff’s Reserve Program, please send your tax-deductible donation to:

Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Reserve Association
PO Box 276
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

Make checks payable to: 

Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Reserve Association

Phone: (712) 749-2530