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In Remembrance of Deputy Chad Mechels

Deputy Chad Mechels

Deputy Chad Mechels was shot and killed when he responded to a well being call at a home west of Marion.

Deputy Mechels had served with the Turner County Sheriff's Department for five months. He had previously served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department and Kingsbury County Sheriff's Department, for a total of five years of law enforcement experience.

Deputy Mechels is survived by his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

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This web-site is designed to familiarize, educate, and assist everyone with the Turner County Sheriff's Office. As you surf the site, you will find valuable tools to help us help you. We are dedicated to serve and protect the life and property of all full-time citizens, part-time citizens, and visitors of Turner County. You will find pages that require your input to in order for us to do our job right. You will find pages that let you give us input on where to set up speed enforcement zones, give confidential tips (pending burglaries, drug intelligence, and other criminal activities), a survey of any recent contact with anyone from the Sheriff's Office, and a host of other useful tools.

The mission of the Turner County Sheriff's Office is something that each member of the Office strives to achieve. That mission is:

The Turner County Sheriff's Office will enhance the quality of life in the community through our service to the public, protection of persons and property, and impartial enforcement of the law.

This mission will be accomplished through the following values: We will wisely deploy resources available to reduce the level of criminal victimization. We will optimize communication with citizens to cooperatively identify needs and apprehend criminals. We will provide professional concerned responses to various medical and social emergency situations. We believe that integrity is the basis for public trust. Honesty and integrity are not to be the exception within the Office, but a requirement of all personnel. We will ease the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic through a strong focused enforcement policy. We will serve as facilitators to seek solutions to community problems by responsive utilization of resources available within and outside our Sheriff's Office including cooperative ventures with other law enforcement agencies. We will treat all persons with respect and courtesy.

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The Turner County Sheriff's Office is your Office. Without your help and input, we cannot successfully complete our goals and values. We strive to work for you and your family, so please feel free to contact me or any of the Sheriff's Office members with you comments or concerns via the contact page.

The Turner County Sheriff's Office has been protecting and serving the communities of Centerville, Davis, Dolton, Chancellor, Hurley, Irene, Marion, Monroe, Parker, and Viborg. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 617 square miles, of which, 617 square miles of it is land and 1 square mile of it (0.10%) is water. Turner County was founded in 1871 and was named after John W. Turner, a Dakota Territory Legislative member between 1865-1866. Turner County held the first county fair in South Dakota between October 13-16, 1880. There are few records from that first fair but The New Era records show that the Turner County Agriculture Society was organized in March, 1880. The society was formed with the express purpose of showing the success and agricultural achievements of the newly settled country. The first fair was held on the Devereaux property which north on the corner north of the road which leads to Rosehill Cemetery at Parker There a race track and ball diamond were constructed as well as a bridge which connected the end of Second Street across the river to the fair grounds.

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,849 people, 3,510 households, and 2,478 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile. There were 3,852 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 98.86% White, 0.15% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.12% other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,510 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $36,059, and the median income for a family was $42,704. Males had a median income of $28,833 versus $20,075 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,343. About 5.70% of families and 7.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.30% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.

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