Hennepin Co. Sheriff Hutchinson taking indefinite health-related leave of absence

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson is taking a leave of absence.

The county confirmed Thursday that Hutchinson’s absence is indefinite and for health-related reasons.

While he’s on leave, Hennepin County Chief Deputy Tracey Martin will lead operations at the sheriff’s office.

Hutchinson’s term is set to conclude at the end of the year, and he said in February that he won’t seek reelection.

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His announcement came after he admitted to drinking and driving before crashing a squad vehicle in Douglas County on Dec. 8. He was later sentenced to two years of probation and said he’d entered a treatment program to address alcohol issues.