Rich has lived in Hennepin County, Minnesota for his entire life. First in Minneapolis as a young boy, and now in Maple Grove with his wife and two kids.

As a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, Rich began in the Minneapolis Police Department, rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander of Criminal Investigations. While serving as a police officer, Rich was elected five times to the Minnesota State Legislature where he authored the state’s felony DWI law. In 2003, he was appointed as Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota. Finally, in 2007, he was sworn in as the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County, and is currently serving his third term.

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What has Rich Stanek done for Hennepin County as Sheriff?

Crime Reduction

Illegal Guns Taken off the Street
Tons of Prescription Drugs Collected
Gun permit applications and renewals processed