Four years ago, the people of Dakota County elected me to be their Sheriff and to continue the commitment to public safety long held by the women and men of this exceptional organization. It has been my privilege to serve and today, I announce my campaign for re-election as Sheriff of Dakota County.
Through my 35 plus years in law enforcement, I have worn many hats, worked with many outstanding professionals, and learned many valuable lessons. Serving as Dakota County Sheriff has been my greatest honor and most rewarding professional experience. The men and women of this agency represent the best of public safety; dedicated spirits to service, unparalleled professionalism, and the most sincere concern for the people of this county. Under my leadership, we’ve added deputies and key staff to support our ever changing public safety responsibilities. We’ve worked with our local law enforcement partners to collaborate, close gaps and improve public safety throughout the county. As Sheriff, I spearheaded efforts to develop the first ever county wide Electronic Crimes Task Force, identified crucial resources to attack community issues including the opioid crisis, and hired the first-ever mental health coordinator for the County Jail.
All of these efforts require leadership, collaboration and partnership, experience and dedication to service. My eight years in the Sheriff’s Office, four as Sheriff and four as Chief Deputy, and my over 35 years in law enforcement, have taught me that our work is never done. We have much more to do; establishing the Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training (SMART) Center in Dakota County so we ensure all first responders, including law enforcement, receive the best crisis response training possible, training that prepares our officers for today’s world; better engagement with Dakota County’s communities of color, and additional collaboration with law enforcement agencies throughout the Twin Cities metro area. These are just some of the initiatives I want to continue working on as your sheriff.
My wife, Julie and I have called Dakota County home for over 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. What happens in this county matters to me, not just as Sheriff, but as a husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. If re-elected as Sheriff, I will work tirelessly to ensure the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office continues to set the standard for public safety.