Tim Leslie For Sheriff


From left to right: Tim, Laura, Mary, Peter, Julie, Dan & Megan

Tim's Family

Experience You Can Trust


When my mentor, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, announced he would not seek another term, I started contemplating what Dakota County needs in its next Sheriff; a proven leader, someone with extensive experience, a personal connection with Dakota County, and someone who will relentlessly safeguard taxpayer dollars. I thought about my own law enforcement career-serving as Sheriff Bellows’ Chief Deputy, my years as an Assistant Commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and my 20-plus years with the St. Paul Police Department; starting as a patrol officer and working my way up to Commander.  
My wife, Julie and I have called Dakota County home for almost 30 years. We raised our kids here and go to church here. I served on the school board in ISD 197 and coached a number of my kids’ sports teams. When I considered where I have been and all the remarkable things we’ve accomplished the past almost four years, and what all we have yet to do, I realized I was ready to meet this challenge and be the next Dakota County Sheriff.  So, today I am honored to announce my candidacy for the Office of Sheriff of Dakota County.  Serving as Sheriff Bellows’ Chief Deputy has been an honor and a privilege. He has been a strong leader and devoted public servant for Dakota County and personally, a wonderful mentor to me. Dakota County’s crime rates are extraordinarily low, which is a credit to his exceptional leadership of an incredibly talented department of professionals. But our work is not done. Our ever-changing world; driven by technology that no longer abides by traditional notions of jurisdiction, demands a Sheriff’s Office be ready to embrace these challenges and willing to work with all public safety partners. My more than 30 years of experience working in St. Paul, with the department of public safety and the last nearly four years as Chief Deputy in Dakota County uniquely prepares me to meet these demands; to forge partnerships, seek innovative solutions and lead Dakota County into this new territory.
The quality of life in Dakota County matters to me personally and as Sheriff, I will work tirelessly to ensure the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office sets the standard for public safety.



Supporters of Tim Leslie for Dakota County Sheriff

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows
Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom
Dakota County Chief Deputy Attorney Phil Prokopowicz
Assistant County Attorney Kathy Keena
​Former Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson
Former Dakota County Commissioner Joe Harris 
​Former Dakota County Commissioner Mike Turner 
Tom Novak

Farmington Chief of Police Brian Lindquist
Hastings Chief of Police Bryan Schaefer
Inver Grove Heights Chief of Police Larry Stanger
Mendota Heights Chief of Police Mike Aschenbrenner
South St. Paul Chief of Police Bill Messerich
West St. Paul Chief of Police Bud Shaver
Lakeville Chief of Police Tom Vonhof (retired)
South St. Paul Chief of Police Dan Vujovich (retired)

Eric and Selena Werner of Rosemount
​Eric Gieseke of Burnsville
Mitch Scott, Former candidate for Dakota County Sheriff

City of St. Paul Chief of Police Tom Smith

West St. Paul Mayor John Zanmiller
West St. Paul City Council Member Dave Wright
Mendota Heights City Council Member Liz Petschel

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek
Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom
Ramsey County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Kirkwood
Washington County Sheriff William Hutton
Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka
Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput
Scott County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dean Opatz 
Washington County Chief Deputy Dan Starry

Former State Fire Marshall Jerry Rosendahl
South Metro Fire Department Chief Mike Pott

ISD 197 School Board Member Dr. Matt Klein

Dr. Lani and John Bennett of Mendota Heights
Ken Petschel of Mendota Heights
Reverend Mark and Janis Aune of Mendota Heights
Jay Haugen, Farmington Schools Superintendent
​Dana Babbit, Former South St. Paul Schools Superintendent
Michael and Kathy Campion of Shoreview, MN
Joe and Linda Polski of Eagan, MN
Dave Osberg of Lakeville, MN

Paul Schnell, Maplewood Police Chief

John Harrington, Chief Metropolitan Transit Police

Bob Stowell of Lakeville, MN

Tom and Sandy Reding of St. Paul, MN

Beth Baumann South St.Paul Mayor
 Rich Thul Former Dakota County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy
Kevin Moore
Kevin Ryan
John Nasseff
Helene Houle
Greg and Mari Kulka of Bloomington MN
Chris and Joanne Messerly of Vadnais Heights MN
Mark Rosenow, Chief (retired) Airport Police of Lakeville MN
Ron and Jori Whitehead of Burnsville MN
Jim and Judy Misencik of Lakeville MN
Mike Povolny, Mendota Heights City Council
Terry Sieben of Hastings MN
Nick Wayslik- Chief of Police, Hastings Police Department
Rick Aguilar, West St. Paul
Senator Jim Metzen from South St. Paul