The Goodhue County Board approved Sheriff-elect Marty Kelly's choice for his chief deputy: Jeremy Lerfald.

Both men attended the Tuesday, Nov. 20, meeting.

According to a letter Kelly wrote to the board, Lerfald has 23 years of experience in law enforcement. Currently, Lerfald serves in the Lakeville Police Department.

Kelly wrote that Lerfald "has experience in investigations, drug task force, SWAT, field training, school liaison and background investigator."

Lerfald, who has a rural Wanamingo address, served in the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office before joining Lakeville PD.

The only commissioner to oppose the appointment was Brad Anderson. The Cannon Falls-area commissioner explained that his vote has nothing to do with the candidate, he just wanted a more thorough transition plan before appointing a deputy.

Kelly takes over the Sheriff's Office Jan. 8. He was elected Nov. 6.

The board made a conditional offer to Lerfald and will move forward with a background check and other paperwork required in the process of hiring a new county employee.