Meet the elected sheriff
Richard W. Stanek is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County. He was first sworn in on January 1, 2007, and is currently serving his third term.
Sheriff Stanek established two new crime-fighting units at the sheriff’s office to serve law enforcement agencies and communities throughout the county:
- The violent offender task force, which conducts focused investigations on the county’s most violent offenders
- The criminal information sharing and analysis unit, which works with law enforcement partners to provide analysis on criminal trends and activity
In Minnesota, he has led the effort to improve psychiatric care for inmates with mental illness.