I would like to welcome you to the Stanton County Sheriff’s web site and hope you will find any information you are looking for. I would like to thank you for your interest in this office and hope we can serve your needs as we try to serve the needs of all the citizens and visitors of Stanton County. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any concerns or questions.

Mike Unger
Stanton County Sheriff

Sheriff Mike Unger has been serving in law enforcement since 1981 when he began his law enforcement career in the U.S. Army Military Police Corp serving during the Cold War in West Germany. Highlights include receiving an Army Commendation Medal for saving the life of a 12 year old accident victim and actively fighting terrorist acts (bombings/shootings) committed by the infamous Bader-Meinhof Faction and Red Army terrorist groups against U.S. military personnel in the Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Berlin military communities. Unger also earned a U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal, Cold War Service Medal and Overseas Service Medal. After his honorable discharge from the military, Mike continued his law enforcement career in his hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska, where he received several letters of commendation for his  actions as a police officer.  He later served with the Schuyler and Stanton Police Departments, before finding his home with the Stanton County Sheriff’s office in 1987 as a Deputy Sheriff. After two years he was promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff by then Sheriff Norman Lehman and upon Lehman’s retirement in 1993, Mike was appointed as the new Stanton County Sheriff with the full endorsement of Sheriff Lehman. Sheriff Unger has been re-elected every four years since. During that time the Sheriff’s office roster has grown in size due to contracting law enforcement services in Stanton and the increasing activity and work load throughout the entire county and our close proximity to the Norfolk metro area.

Sheriff Unger has been involved in EMS for more than 35 years and is a member of the Pilger Rescue Unit, and former member of Stanton Rescue where he was a member and long time captain for more than 26 years. Mike also has three times been recognized for life saving efforts as an Emergency Medical Technician and the successful delivery of a baby girl at a rural residence and also was named as Stanton EMT of the year four times in his 26 years with Stanton Rescue.  Sheriff Unger has a college degree in Criminal Justice and has more than 2700 hours of continuing education credits with an emphasis of his training in Death and Crime Scene Investigation. Sheriff Unger also previously taught the successful Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Stanton County Schools and graduated more than 800 6th graders from the drug prevention class. Sheriff Unger continues drug education classes to sixth graders at the Stanton Community schools. Sheriff Unger also serves on the Northeast College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.  Sheriff Unger was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) as a Nebraska Officer of the Year in 2007 and again in 2018 for his efforts in alcohol education and enforcement. Sheriff Unger was also recognized for his leadership efforts and Incident Command role following the June 2014 Tornadoes that devastated Pilger and other parts of rural Stanton County leaving two dead and many others injured.  Sheriff Unger was also a finalist for the Nebraska Legion Officer of the Year in 2017.

Mike is married to Kris who serves as the Deputy Stanton County County Clerk and they have four daughters; Sara, Whitney, Samantha and Becca and a son Nick and a son Adam who is deceased.  Sara, who works as a restaurant manager in Norfolk

and her husband Brian Harbottle are the parents of granddaughters Hunter and Harper. Whitney is an RN in Columbus and is married to Josh Suckstorf and they are parents to grandchildren Jayden and Blake , Myles and Maci. Samantha, is also an R.N. in Sioux City and is married to Josh Bennett, and they have two daughters Briah and Kinsley.  Nick is in AG business and lives near Clarkson and is married to Michelle and they are expecting their first child in January and the youngest Becca is a licensed Mortician and works for an Omaha Funeral Home.  Sheriff Unger has successfully been re-elected as Sheriff since 1993 and looks forward to continuing his service as the Stanton County Sheriff.


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P.O. BOX 635, 804 Ivy Street, Stanton, NE 68779, Phone: (402) 439-2212,
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