I have nineteen years of management experience with budgeting, scheduling and maintaining a large, diverse staff. Both my management and life experiences make me uniquely qualified for this administrative position. I know how to connect with people. I have the maturity to make difficult decisions and have the tough conversations that are needed, objectively and without bias, in the best interest of the county. I will work closely with the city and township to provide the best possible service to all citizens of Todd County. I will strive to be a mentor and guide for the Todd County Sheriff's Department, and I will never ask my staff to do something that I would not be willing to do myself.
As Todd County Sheriff my top three priorities will be addressing the current drug issues within the county by charging and convicting major drug offenses, to promote Community Policing so the community knows who the officers are, and work with the schools within the county to keep our children and staff safe.
The biggest challenge is the amount of drugs coming into the community. I will work closely with the County Attorney’s Office to charge and convict anyone who sells drugs in our county.
There are several immediate and cost-effective ways to increase transparency. The first would be using social media sites to quickly update the community on events and emergencies. The next would be to encourage our deputies to attend ball games, stop in for coffee, and be visible at public events so that the children and community are more familiar with them.
With 19 years of management experience, I have found that leading by example is the most effective leadership style. I have worked in the jail, dispatch and on the road, so I am able to fill in as needed and understanding the unique challenges of each department. I will help when needed and will not ask my staff to do anything I wouldn’t do. I understand the importance of building relationships with both staff and community members, and am not afraid to have difficult conversations.
I am confident that I am best candidate for several reasons, but most specifically because of my dedication to keeping the citizens of Todd County safe. My 19 years of experience with the Todd County Sheriff’s Office and current Chief Deputy (2nd in command) give me the knowledge and experience needed to oversee all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office successfully. I am knowledgeable of running the budget and have been under budget for the last 3 years. I supervise the road deputies and investigators. I am able to make difficult decisions in stressful situations while keeping in mind the safety of officers and citizens of Todd County.
As Todd County Sheriff, my top 3 priorities will be to work with schools to provide a safe environment for our children, continue being fiscally responsible with the budget and work on building programs to address mental health issues within our jail. I will work to develop positive relationships between law enforcement and our youth. It is important to continue being mindful of how taxpayers’ dollars are being used. Developing and implementing programs to address mental health issues is a must.
One of the biggest challenges the Sheriff's Office will face is hiring. The national media has portrayed law enforcement negatively. I will address this by making our office seen as a positive place to work. We will do this by being active in our community and building trust with our citizens. I also see the increase in drugs being a challenge. We will work proactively to seek out, apprehend suspects and remove the drugs from our streets.
I will continue to stress the importance of community policing. The ability for the public to see what the Sheriff’s Office is doing is important and will help build trust with Law Enforcement in a time where that trust is sometimes questioned. I want to implement a structure where there is time for deputies to be involved in community events and enjoy what the citizens of our county spend time putting together. Showing a positive presence will help with our youth & building those relationships.
I describe my leadership style as direct & leading by example. The Sheriff is the leader of the office and needs to delegate. I delegate tasks but like to stay involved to show that I am there to help. By being promoted to Sergeant, then appointed to Chief Deputy this shows that I am looked upon as a leader & am able to handle all situations, from simple tasks to complex investigations. I have a positive working relationship with agencies within Todd County and throughout the State of Minnesota.