Chief Deputy Mike Carlson has worked in law enforcement for 28 years and he has served the Sheriff's Office since 2007 He is the highest-ranking appointed law enforcement officer in the Sheriff's Office.
Chief Carlson leads the day-to-day operations of the agency. He supervises the agency's four Majors who are the commanders of each bureau at the Sheriff's Office. The four bureaus include; Adult Detention and Court Services Bureau, Investigative Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, and the Enforcement Services Bureau.
Similar to a chief operations officer, Chief Carlson leads the day-to-day operations of the agency. As the second-in-command, he works with the Sheriff in dev loping public safety priorities, implementing cost-effective standards, managing personnel, and developing procedures and policies for the department.
In 2007, he was the Incident Commander throughout the river recovery operations after the l-35W bridge collapse. In 2008, Chief Carlson served as the Incident Commander for the Sheriff's Office during the Republican National Convention.
Previously, Chief Carlson worked for the Minneapolis Police Department for 19 years and he was a highly decorated officer. He was awarded the Medal of Valor and numerous honors. For Minneapolis Police, he commanded the Homicide Unit the Narcotics Task Force and also supervised the Minneapolis Violent Offender Task Force and other task forces.
Major Jeffrey Storms was appointed to the rank of Major in January 2007 and currently commands the Enforcement Services Bureau. In that role, he oversees the Enforcement Services Division, the Communications Division, and the Volunteer Services Division. Previously, he led the Detention/Court Services Bureau. Prior to being appointed to the rank of Major, he served as a Lieutenant in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit, promoting boat and water safety, investigating water related accidents and supervising the Underwater Recovery Team. He started as a detention deputy in 1992. He’s also worked as a sergeant in the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division. Major Storms earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Major Pete Dietzman was appointed to the rank of Major in December 2014 and currently commands the Investigations Bureau. He has been with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office since 1993. He began in the Adult Detention Center and has worked in Court Services, Personnel, and Patrol. Prior to his appointment as Major, he served as the Captain of Investigative Division and his responsibilities included leading the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force. Major Dietzman has an AAS degree in Law Enforcement from Lakewood Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Metro State. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Major Darrell Huggett was appointed to the rank of Major in January 2012 and currently commands the Administrative Services Bureau which develops training and procedures for employees. Previously at the Sheriff’s Office, Major Huggett commanded the Adult Detention Court Services Bureau and the Enforcement Service Bureau where he was tasked with reorganizing the bureaus divisional and unit structure. Prior to being appointed to the rank of Major, he worked as a Captain in the Adult Detention Center where his focus was to effectively manage in-custody inmate medical care. Major Huggett has served as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Unit and as a Sergeant in the Warrant Unit. His law enforcement career began in 1987 as a police officer with a suburban police department before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Mankato State University and he’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy.