Contract Law Enforcement

Wright County began offering contract law enforcement services in 1970 in the city of Cokato. The cities of Waverly, Delano and Monticello followed shortly thereafter. Presently the Wright County Sheriff's Office provides contract law enforcement services to 13 of the 16 cities in Wright County. Only the Wright County cities of Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake have their own police departments.

The contract cities pay an hourly fee ($59.75 for 2012) as set by the County Board for the number of hours of coverage they want. The coverage ranges from 4 hours per week in the city of South Haven to more than 24 hours a day in the City of Monticello. The cost of the contract includes the salary and benefits for the assigned deputy, the fully equipped squad car and all related law enforcement equipment and supplies, prosecution costs, investigative services, and secretarial services.

City Contract Hours (2011) Population
(2010 census)
Albertville 8,760 7,044
Clearwater 4,380 1,735
Cokato 4,380 2,694
Delano 5,840 5,464
Hanover* 1,460 2,329
Maple Lake 2,920 2,059
Monticello 18,980 12,759
Montrose 2,920 2,847
Otsego 14,600 13,571
Rockford* 4,380 3,890
St. Michael 11,680 16,399
South Haven 208 187
Silver Creek 416 2,335
Waverly 1,460 1,357

*Wright County portion of the city only.