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Sheriff will not seek another term

Sheriff Dave Bellows.

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows announced Monday that he does not plan to seek another term in November.  

In an announcement released Monday morning, Bellows, who has been sheriff since 2010, called his time in office “the most gratifying experience in my 35 years of law enforcement.”

Bellows started his law enforcement career in 1980 as a patrol officer in Lakeville. He advanced to detective in 1987, sergeant in 1989 and lieutenant in 1994 before joining the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office as a commander in 1999. He was named chief deputy the following year and took over first as interim sheriff and then as the full-time sheriff after Don Gudmundson left the position.

Bellows won an election over Apple Valley police sergeant Mitch Scott in 2010 to retain his position.

“As sheriff, my goal has always been to be a good steward of taxpayer funds,” Bellows said in his announcement. “We consistently look for ways to provide high quality services for less cost.”

Bellows said he has encouraged chief deputy Tim Leslie to run for the sheriff’s position in November. 

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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