Updated: 02/18/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 4:41 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Dakota County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Leslie announced he will run for the office of Dakota County Sheriff.
The announcement comes after Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows announced last week he would not seek another term. He encouraged Chief Deputy Leslie to run for the position.
“When my mentor, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, announced he would not seek another term, I started contemplating what Dakota County needs in its next Sheriff; a proven leader, someone with extensive experience, a personal connection with Dakota County, and someone who will relentlessly safeguard taxpayer dollars,” said Leslie. “I thought about my own law enforcement career serving as Sheriff Bellows’ Chief Deputy, my years as an Assistant Commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and my 20-plus years with the St. Paul Police Department. Today I am honored to announce my candidacy for the Office of Sheriff of Dakota County.”
As Chief Deputy in Dakota County, Leslie oversees many of the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office and works closely with law enforcement agencies throughout Dakota County. Sheriff Bellows called Leslie “instrumental in the operation and strategic planning in the Sheriff’s Office.” Bellows went on to say, “Tim Leslie is well respected in the law enforcement community and his experience and leadership has been invaluable to me and the citizens of Dakota County.”
Tim Leslie’s law enforcement career spans over 30 years having worked in and with state and federal agencies, serving as an Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety where he led and managed the divisions of the BCA, State Patrol, State Fire Marshal and Homeland Security and Emergency Management among others.
In his announcement, Leslie said “My wife, Julie, and I have called Dakota County home for almost 30 years. We raised our kids here and go to church here. I served on the school board in ISD #197 and coached a number of my kids’ sports teams. When I considered where I have been and all the remarkable things we’ve accomplished the past almost four years, and what all we have yet to do, I realized I was ready to meet this challenge and be the next Dakota County Sheriff.”