The Union County Jail currently has six (6) full-time employees.  The jail holds 11 inmates (3 single cells and 2 four-person cells) and is generally full to capacity including sending inmates to be temporarily housed in other county jails.  The jail meets standards to house male and female prisoners.

Jail meals are prepared at Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston and delivered to the jail.

Inmate Contact Information

The Union County Jail will not accept the following items for inmates:

  • packages
  • obscene or pornographic materials
  • personal checks
  • stamped envelopes
  • food
  • periodicals not sent directly from the publisher

Mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate’s Name
Union County Jail
302 N. Pine St.
Creston, IA 50801

Telephone Calls

Inmates are not allowed incoming calls.  Outgoing calls from inmates are allowed on a daily basis.


All visitors must present a photo ID.

Visitors must be on a list provided by the inmate.

Mark Shepherd

Union County Sheriff

Contact Details

Union County Sheriff’s Office
302 North Pine Street
Creston, Iowa 50801

Telephone (641) 782-7717
Civil Clerk (641) 782-7322
Fax (641) 782-8404

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Chris Knouse
Chief Deputy

Dan McNeill

Ryan Maitlen, Dillon Hightshoe, Kory Weide

Dorie Shiltz
Jail Administrator

Josh Christensen

Eric Denton, TJ Dunphy, Mason Gossman, Peyton Russell, Jake McGuire

Jenny Wheeler
Civil Clerk