Rich Stanek is a life-long resident of Hennepin County, growing up in “Nordeast” Minneapolis, and now living in Maple Grove with his wife and two kids.
He is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement – serving with the Minneapolis Police Department, rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander of Criminal Investigations. While serving as a police officer, he was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature five times, where he served as Chair of the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. In 2003, the Governor appointed him Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota.
Rich is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County. He was first sworn in on January 1, 2007, was re-elected in 2010 and 2014, and is currently serving his third term.