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Lynn Schultes Announces Candidacy For Sheriff

By Staff | Jan 31, 2012


Lynn J. Schultes is announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nod for Palo Alto County Sheriff. Lynn brings to the table 22 years of law enforcement experience in Palo Alto County.

Schultes grew up in Carroll County, and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. He continued his education at Iowa Lakes Community College, graduating with honors in 1988 with an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

“I started my law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Emmetsburg Police Department while I attended college,” said Schultes. “I returned to Emmetsburg in May of 1990 as a Patrolman with the Emmetsburg Police Department. I began my duties with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 1, 1994, as a Deputy Sheriff. I have held various positions while at the Sheriff’s Office including Reserve Supervisor, Jail Administrator, and currently serve as Lieutenant.”

In addition to his work for the Sheriff’s Office, Schultes enjoys a part-time job giving test drives for the Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office.

“I was trained for this position by the Iowa Department of Transportation around 2002 when Palo Alto County began issuing Iowa driver’s licenses,” he said. “I completed this work for several years as part of my responsibilities at the Sheriff’s Office but have been doing it on my own time for the past two years.”

Schultes also enjoys volunteering at the Emmetsburg Catholic School and at Holy Family Parish. He has served a four-year term on the Holy Family Parish Church Council; three years as secretary and one year as the president. He also served a two-year term as co-chair of the Emmetsburg Athletic Booster Club

“During my 22 years of law enforcement experience, serving the citizens of Palo Alto County, and with my volunteering endeavors, I have gained the trust and respect of many,” said Schultes. “I have been approached by those I have come in contact with over the years thanking me for taking the time to address their concerns and appreciating the fact that I treated them with dignity and kindness. As your Palo Alto County Sheriff, I will lead by example as I have done for years and I will expect all employees to follow my example.”

Beth Schultes, Lynn’s wife of 23 years, has worked as the Office Manager at Ruthven Coop Oil Company 18 years. The couple has five children. Justin graduated from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice in December 2011, and began his employment with the Spencer Police Department as a Patrolman the following day. Cory is finishing his two year degree in business at Iowa Lakes Community College and has been accepted to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2012. Amy is a junior at Emmetsburg High School and Thomas and Wes attend Emmetsburg Catholic School and are in the 7th and 8th grades.

“I ask that you begin to talk to your family, friends, and neighbors,” said Schultes. “Tell others what you know about me, my character, and my family. Ask questions of those that know me and base your decision on what you hear from them. I am not a politician and I am not comfortable in patting myself on the back. For this reason, I am giving you just the facts. I hope you will find I am a well-rounded candidate. I would appreciate your vote in the primary on June 5, 2012, and the general election on Nov. 6, 2012.”