When current Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie announced he would not run for a third term, I thought about what the next Sheriff needs to be successful; a proven leader during challenging times, someone with extensive experience, a personal connection with Dakota County, and one who is compassionate and trusted by both the community and its stakeholders.
In my 25 years of experience with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, I have been fortunate to gain a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and leadership skills. Hired as a deputy in 1997 with assignments in patrol, as a school resource officer, drug and gang investigator, patrol supervisor, captain in both patrol and the jail, Commander of the Dakota County Drug Task Force and as Chief Deputy where I lead and manage 200 employees and a 25-million-dollar budget. An ever-increasing leadership role and with added responsibilities along the way.
Throughout my career, I have established strong working and collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local partners. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is considered a model agency that others aspire to. We continue to raise our profile and professional reputation by modeling a philosophy of both collaboration and continuous improvement in all our services and operations.
Throughout his career, Joe Leko has established strong working and collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local partners. With 25 years of experience with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, he has gained a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and leadership skills.
I am proud to serve the community that my family and I have lived in for over 50 years. The quality of service and safety we provide to county residents is very personal to me. Although we have work ahead of us my hope is to continue to lead through the challenges that lie ahead. Because of these and other reasons, I am humbled and proud to officially announce my candidacy for the Office of Sheriff.
Please join me in our efforts to keep Dakota County a safe and thriving community for today and tomorrow.