Deputy Leaving

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By Pam Reinig

Register Editor


There will soon be a new deputy sheriff in town.

Clayton County Deputy Sheriff Michael Aschinger has resigned his position effective April 25.  He and his family, which includes his wife, April, and their children Autumn, 5, Bria, 3, and James, 1, are moving to Utah. Aschinger will continue his law enforcement career there.

“He was a huge asset and will be missed by the department,” said Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi. “His work ethic, attitude and integrity as well as his sense of responsibility and disciple set well with a department that prides itself on teamwork.”

The Aschingers moved to Clayton County in 2008. Michael was hired for a part-time position in the sheriff’s office in February 2009 and was named chief deputy last July. His nine-month tenure has been spent assisting Sheriff Tschirigi with efforts to modernize the department.

“We’ve implemented significant changes to make the sheriff’s office more transparent, accountable and cost effective,” Aschinger said.


The decision to leave Northeast Iowa was a difficult one for the Aschingers. Though Michael grew up in Oregon, his wife is from the area. But the move will make life easier for the family as April continues pursuing her career as a physician’s assistant. The scenery was a bonus for Aschinger who describes himself as a “mountains guy.”

Aschinger said he will miss is colleagues and the “good people of Clayton County and how they welcomed me here.” 

“The greatest rewards (of the job) have been the people,” he added. “This is a wonderful sheriff’s office full of professionals who truly could do anything anywhere but choose this position out of a desire to serve the public.”

Sheriff Tschirigi said he would take his time filling Aschinger’s role to make sure he finds the right replacement. He will absorb most of Aschinger’s duties with help from Sergeants Shawn Boeke and Brent Ostrander.

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