Gudmundson named interim sheriff in Steele County
Former Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson has been selected sheriff
again, this time in Steele County.
At a special Steele County Board of Commissioners meeting Friday
afternoon, the commissioners authorized county coordinator Dave
Severson to begin contract negotiations with Gudmunson, who retired as
Dakota County Sheriff at the end of February.
Gudmundson was one of two finalists for the interim position. A third
candidate withdrew his name from consideration. As part of the
selection, each candidate agreed he will not be a candidate for the
position this fall.
The other finalist was A. Paul Monteen, standards coordinator for the
Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training board.
The current Steele County Sheriff, Gary Ringhofer, announced he would
retire this month -- before the end of his current term.
Gudmundson, too, retired before the end of his current term. The term
ends at the end of 2010.
He announced last September he would not seek a fifth term as Dakota
County Sheriff, choosing to retire at the end of 2010, but he changed
his mind in February and announced his plans to resign at that time.
He cited "personal and family reasons."
Gudmundson is a former police officer and homicide detective from
Detroit, Mich. He also investigated organized crime in
Chicago. He is the former sheriff of Fillmore County, and the former
chief of police in Lakeville.
Gudmundson was first elected Dakota County Sheriff in 1994, and was
re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.