Sheriff and jail

Mark Miller has been with the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office since 1988.  Miller graduated from Ottumwa High School after which he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Military Policeman and was honorably discharged in 1984.  Miller attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1988.  Miller was hired a Deputy Sheriff in 1988 and appointed Chief Deputy in 2001.  During Sheriff Miller’s career he has fulfilled many duties including an assignment with the Southeast Iowa Intra-Agency Task Force and has served as the Sheriff’s Office Firearm’s Instructor since 1990.  Sheriff Miller’s family includes his wife Cindy and a daughter Tiffany.

A message from Mark Miller

It is with great pride I serve the Citizens of Wapello County.  I look forward each day to providing you with both the integrity and professionalism you’d expect from your Sheriff.

My Staff as you will see are also very dedicated in the performance of their duties in striving to provide you the Citizens of Wapello County with the best Sheriff’s Office you can have, whether it be our Deputies on Patrol, to our Correctional Officers in our Jail, to our Civil Division.

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

Mark H. Miller
Wapello County, Sheriff


Weapon Permits

Weapon Permit Public Notice


Applications are taken by downloading and completing an employment application or at the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office .  Completed applications can be returned to the Sheriff’s Office.

Employment Application



The Wapello County Jail is operated at the direction of the Sheriff and is supported by the Jail Administration and additional support staff including both men and women Correctional Officers, Dispatchers and Kitchen Staff. All these positions are staffed within the secure perimeter of the Jail Facility.

Jail personnel are responsible for the daily operation of the Jail in keeping the facility a safe and secure environment for both inmates and staff.  The jail is direct supervision jail and is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jail personnel are generally also responsible for maintaining inmate’s court appearances, medical appointments, mental health appointments and transports to and from other correctional facilities and overseeing jail visitation.



Monday through Thursday 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Visitation is through telephone and video monitors in the Jail Lobby connected with the inmate in their particular cell area.  To visit you must be on the inmates list and have a state issued photo ID.  If you want on an inmate’s list you must write that inmate a letter stating such and that inmate will communicate that to jail personnel.  Children under the age of 3 are not required to be on the inmate’s visitation list but are required to be supervised.   All children are required to be supervised during visitation hours. Inmates are allowed 30 minutes per week total visitation.


Frequently Asked Jail Related Questions

How do I send a inmate money for commissary items?
The Wapello County Jail does not accept cash or personal checks.  You will need to get a money order or cashiers check and send it to that person through the USPS Mail.  You can not drop it off at the jail.  You can also go to or call 1-866-394-0490 and send money by credit card. You can also use the Kiosk located in the Jail Lobby.  You can also go to or call 1-800-634-3422 to send money via Western Union.

How do the phone calls work?
We use Securus Technology for our inmate phone system.  The inmates can purchase calling cards off of commissary.  You can also set-up a account directly with Securus by calling them at 1-800-844-6591

What if I want my number blocked so I don’t receive calls from the jail?
Call the jail and give them your name and number or you can call Securus directly at 1-800-844-6591

Are phone calls and visitation different?
Yes.  Visitation requires a trip to the Jail by the person that wants to talk to the inmate.  Phone calls can be made by inmates at all times that they are not in lockdown.