Lieutenant Deric Oshel grew up in rural Union County and graduated from Creston High School in 1990. He went on to attend Central Missouri State University and graduated in 1994 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Minor in Psychology.
Deric began his career in law enforcement as a Deputy with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office on February 13, 1995. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1995. He worked in the Correctional Center as a Deputy Sheriff for 7 years and then transferred to the Patrol Division. He also worked in the Civil and Transport Divisions. He was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008 and assigned to the Correctional Center. He then was moved to the Civil Division as the Sergeant where in 2023 he was promoted to Lieutenant and Commander of the Civil Division.
Deric is a member of the Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team. He is also Team Leader of the Mobile Field Force Team. He has attended numerous other training courses including FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership, Command Leadership and Executive Leadership. He also received his Certified Credible Leader certification from the National Command & Staff College in 2019.