Outgoing sheriff looks to the future
Age is a number and term of office is a date. These past few months, I have evaluated my number and date. After considerable thought, it is with mixed emotions that I have decided not to seek another term as Dawson County Sheriff.
I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence of County Commissioners Bill LaBree, Jim Deckert and Jim Skillestad in appointing me Dawson County Sheriff in June, 2003 and to the voters who elected me sheriff in 2004, 2006 and 2010. A community leader once told me the effectiveness of any leader in an organization is about 10 years and I think that is about right. The Sheriff of Dawson County should not be a retirement job. It is time for me to step aside and let proven, younger and energized leadership step forward.
While Dawson County is still a safe place to live and raise a family, the inescapable truth is serious crime is increasing. In November the voters will chose a new sheriff. The voters need to choose their next sheriff based on a set of criteria that includes someone who has extensive experience in major felony cases, supervising complicated multi-agency investigations, and the skill to develop, mentor and lead the employees of the Sheriff’s Office to be the best crime fighters and protectors of our citizens.
For the past decade, I have had the privilege of working with the most competent and dedicated Sheriffs’ Office employees who are focused everyday on maintaining our safe community. As citizens we deserve nothing less than our employees’ best efforts and they deserve nothing less than our electing the best candidate to lead them as we continue to face our future challenges.
Craig Anderson has been the Dawson County Sheriff since 2003.