Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie announced Feb. 27 that he will run for re-election in November. Leslie was first elected sheriff in 2014, but he has called Dakota County home for more than 30 years.

"What happens in this county matters to me, not just as sheriff, but as a husband, father, grandfather and neighbor," Leslie said. "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."

Over the past four years, Leslie spearheaded efforts to establish a Countywide Electronic Crimes Task Force, added deputies and key staff to support public safety functions, identified resources to attack the opioid crisis and hired the first-ever mental health coordinator for the Dakota County Jail.

"These are the types of initiatives we need in Dakota County and the work I want to continue as sheriff," Leslie said.

Leslie has a career that spans 35 years including four as sheriff and four as chief deputy sheriff. He has worked in and with state and federal agencies including the MInnesota Department of Public Safety where he lead the divisions of the BCA, State Patrol, State Fire Marshal and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He began his career with the St. Paul Police Department and spent more than 20 years working in a variety of assignments and ranks.

He currently leads an office of about 200 staff including deputies, correctional officers and numerous civilian staff and volunteers. He said the women and men in the office represent the best of public safety and make a difference in people's lives every day.

"Working alongside them for the past four years and serving as sheriff has been my great honor and most rewarding professional experience," he said.