REPRESENTATIVE, MARION DANIELS O'NEILL
"All 5 Wright County Sheriff candidates are similar in many ways, but there is one distinction that in my opinion is rather important. If Sean were to leave his position (Captain over the largest patrol division in the state and 3rd in command) at the Sheriff's Department, the other 4 would not be eligible to even apply for his job. They don't have the minimum 5 years of supervisory experience required. He has my vote and endorsement. I've served on the Public Safety Committee since being elected to the MN House 6 years ago and am endorsed by MN Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA)."
Wright County Attorney
"My name is Tom Kelly and I have been with the County Attorney’s Office representing the citizens of Wright County for 34 years, the past 20 as your County Attorney. Sean Deringer has been with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years. I have known and worked with Sean for all these years. We have worked on many cases together, including homicides. He is a conscientious, competent and professional law enforcement officer. He has been a dedicated public servant. Sean’s extensive experience with the Sheriff’s Office includes: Patrol Deputy, Narcotics Investigator, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Division Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant and Patrol Captain. Also, he has been a Member/ Team Leader on the Emergency Response Team, Firearms Instructor and Less Lethal/Taser Instructor. In 2014 he attended the 71st session of the Supervisor Leadership Institute through the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. In 2015 he graduated from the 261st session of the FBI National Academy. Less than 1 percent of all Law Enforcement Officers throughout the nation are given this opportunity. Sean has always understood the “Team Approach” to prosecution that requires a working relationship between the County Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement that instills credibility, confidence, cooperation and teamwork. His common sense, attitude, professional demeanor, academics, values, integrity, work ethic, organizational skills and exceptional people skills are all attributes that will serve him well as the next Wright County Sheriff. Sean has the experience and ability to lead the Sheriff’s Office from day one. He has earned my trust and respect. He understands the importance of treating all citizens, including those alleged to have violated the law, with respect, decency and in a professional manner. Without reservation I will cast my vote for Sean Deringer and would encourage others to do the same."
ROSS BUTTERFIELD & K9 BOSCO
Deputy Chief Northstar Search and Rescue
"Northstar Search and Rescue is located in Golden Valley Minnesota and helps to serve the five state area helping law enforcement locate missing and lost people with our nationally certified K9’s. On several occasions we have had the opportunity to work for the Wright County Sheriff’s office on missing person cases under the direction of Sean Deringer. We found his leadership and compassion to finding missing people in Wright county second to none. On one occasion I recall searching a corn field at 3am for a missing person, something he could have delegated, but chose to be right there with us searching for hours. As another public safety agency that provides mutual aid to law enforcement, we fully endorse Sean Deringer for Sheriff of Wright County."
"I have personally known Sean and his family for over 20 years. Sean is an amazing man. He is caring and fair, but he is not a pushover. Sean listens to others' concerns and knows the value of what they have to say. The next Sheriff of Wright County needs to be a leader of his people, the employees, and a servant to the public. He needs to have an understanding of the government, other departments within Wright County, finances, law enforcement trends, scheduling, employee retention, training needs, crime trends, and so much more. The next Sheriff of Wright County must be a leader, and he must be qualified for this very difficult job. Sean has a 4 year degree in Criminal Justice; he is a graduate of the FBI Academy; he has worked in or supervised every division in the Wright County Sheriff's Office; and his resume goes on...Sean is the most qualified candidate. He is ready to lead while serving the public."
Former Wright County Chief Deputy Sheriff
"Sean Deringer, Captain with the Wright County Sheriff's Office, is a solid family man, and has shown that he can balance the demands of family life with the challenges of a career in law enforcement. He has earned your support in the upcoming Sheriff's election. The previous three Sheriffs all began their career as deputies, expressed an interest in expanding their scope of work to supervise others, and were promoted up the ranks to acquire the skills that would eventually make them the best leader possible in the position of Sheriff. And, they served the citizens of Wright County well. Throughout his career, Captain Sean Deringer has expressed an interest multiple times, and has held seven positions where he was directly responsible for the supervision of employees, including training instructor responsibilities in three areas, and working up the ranks in the Sheriff's Office by being promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant of two divisions, and to his present position of Captain. None of the other candidates in this race for the Office of Sheriff have taken advantage of the opportunities to develop the skills that Captain Deringer has. Sean Deringer has the right qualifications to hold the office of Wright County Sheriff, and he has my full endorsement and support. Please vote for him in the upcoming election."
AARON LUEBKE FAMILY
"Sean Deringer came to our family during a tragic and unexpected time. We didn't know how much we would need him, until we did. As our worst nightmare came true, Captain Deringer stepped up above and beyond his call of duty, on a case that wasn't event his to begin with. He worked hand-in-hand with United Legacy, law enforcement, and our family to help bring Aaron home after being missing for less than 24 hours--which felt like a lifetime. Although it didn't turn out the way we had hoped, having Sean stay by Aaron's side at the scene of the accident until the wee hours of the morning until he felt all measures were exhausted helped ease our families minds and hurting hearts, and that was just the beginning of his work. He sat with our family while we grappled many questions, offered support, reasoning, and reassurance in a time where nothing seemed certain. He gave out his personal cell phone number so my family could reach him at any time when we had questions or needed a sounding board. His compassion, dedication, and professionalism is one that should be modeled after. Our family will forever be indebted to Captain Sean Deringer for all he has done for us while we brought our Angel home."
"I am endorsing Sean Deringer for Sheriff of Wright County because I have seen the great work he is doing in so many communities and he is the only one who has the skills to do the job. Sean has a love for our communities and wants to see things run smoothly. He is not afraid to dig in to the hard stuff. I have seen this with my own eyes. In one of my former jobs that dealt with kids, he came in and talked to them about drugs and then I got him to volunteer to stay and help the kids every week. He has a vision for what should be happening at the Wright County Sheriff's office. Sean knows there are problems in the departments, but in order to solve them he has to have honest conversations and realistic needs and wants to help everyone in each department come together and be a team again. His vision is not for one individual, it is for the entire department, cities, townships and all of us who live here. Sean is also realistic that everything cannot be solved quickly, but he is willing to put together plans and get the plans up and running and share the load so things get accomplished together. Sean has run different departments so he is very capable of supervising and working together with others. Knowing when you can talk about things and when things are private and confidential. He would rather not say anything when people have attacked him because he doesn't want to break the confidentiality that he has to keep for their sake. He is a man of honor who loves God and his family. I hope that you will vote for Sean Deringer because he is a man of integrity and a man you can trust."
Mayor of Buffalo
"I've gotten to know Sean well over the past 16 years through M.E.A.D.A. (Meth Education & Drug Awareness) and The Safe Schools program. He has a heart for the community & the expertise to build upon the great things our Sheriffs Office has already accomplished. Sean is the most qualified to lead as our next Wright County Sheriff. He understands the needs of our local municipalities & is ready to lead on day one. My hope is that Sean can become the next Wright County Sheriff for many years to come!"
"Leadership is about experience, responsibility and a heart of service. Sean has proven that he is up to the challenge and will fulfill the responsibility of Sheriff. As a member of the Command Staff and Patrol Captain, Sean has the knowledge of the inner workings of the department to make educated and well planned decisions. He recognizes the needs of both the community and the employees of the Sheriff's Department. He has experience in each department and been in leadership within those departments. This experience will serve him well leading the employees in those departments as their Sheriff. Sean has a servants heart. He will lead with compassion for the community and for the employees. He has been a mentor to my three sons. They know that they can go to him with any concern or for help. I am thankful for that servant's heart that is open to caring for others. Sean is the right candidate for Sheriff, the only one with the experience, training and leadership necessary to do the job. I fully endorse Sean Deringer for Sheriff."
DEANNA (VILLELLA) SCHROEDER
Founder of United Legacy
"On August 23rd, 2014, my brother Christopher Rossing went missing in Wright County. After learning of the disappearance of Christopher, and struggling to find my way during a nine-week search period; I quickly came to rely on a very compassionate Sean Deringer. Over the course of nine-weeks our family organized search efforts for Christopher. During this time Sean became my daily point of contact, offering his support and guidance, and very quickly became my voice of reasoning during the most tragic time of my life. Sean also took the time to show his support and understanding, in which he took my calls even on his days off. Sean continued his support to my family even after Christopher was tragically found deceased. After learning Christopher fell victim to homicide, our worst fears had come to realization. From there, Sean offered his mentorship to me while founding United Legacy search, rescue, and recovery in 2015.
In 2016/2017 United Legacy was called in by Sean Deringer to help aid and assist in several missing person cases. After partnering on resources and man power during several cases in Wright County, Sean Deringer continued to go out of his way to volunteer his days off to help create a platform for United Legacy to grow. Sean continued to support by volunteering his time to speak with communities in regard to the impact that United Legacy as a Search organization has on a community and/or County such as Wright County. Sean has helped form a bridge of communication, resources, and manpower to other missing persons families in partnership with United Legacy.
My name is Deanna (Villella) Schroeder, Founder of United Legacy. I'm endorsing Sean Deringer for the next Wright County Sheriff because I believe he is the candidate that will lead Wright County Sheriff's Office in the direction of positive changes, and necessary improvements. He has shown me this to be true throughout our friendship, and our working relationship during missing person cases. Wright County not only needs the positive structure that Sean Deringer can provide, but needs the heart and compassion for the community in which he will lead with. I'm with Sean Deringer for Sheriff!"
DAN & JULIE CLASEMANN
"We have known Sean for the last 24 years and are fortunate to have called him our friend all these years. We are fully endorsing Sean, not just because he has been our friend, but more so because we have witnessed his hard work, determination, and “all in” commitment. From Patrol Deputy to almost every area/division of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, including multiple Supervisory roles in most of those divisions. He has by far the most Supervisory experience of all the candidates combined. We have also witnessed him mentor a number of young men & women, who are already Deputies or are going to school to become Deputies and they all want to work for Sean one day. Having gone through this campaign process with him, we have discovered not only do these young people want to work for him, but also there are a large amount of current Deputies that want him not only to be their Sheriff, but want their commitment to their jobs to mirror Sean’s. If you have been at any parades this summer, you may have noticed that a couple of candidates have had 1 or 2 Deputies or ex-Deputies walk with them, but Sean has continuously had multiple Deputies from multiple divisions walking with him and helping in multiple areas with the campaign. Sean is the only candidate who has the commitment, experience, passion and integrity to lead the Wright County Sheriff’s Office."
Buffalo resident, Transportation Manager/Functional Industries, Inc. and retired Buffalo Police Department
"Sean’s commitment and dedication to making Wright County a great place to live and work has been demonstrated by him for well over two decades. Sean’s first involvement in area Law Enforcement was in the early/mid 90’s when he first served as a volunteer Buffalo Police Reserve Officer. In 1996, Sean began working for BPD as a sworn part-time police officer. Those two roles were just the first of his dedicated career of serving Wright County citizens as a law enforcement officer and community volunteer.
As Sean and his wife Tammy have raised their family in Wright County, they also continue their dedication and commitment as volunteers through faith and youth related groups. Sean’s career as a full-time Wright County Deputy has excelled for over 21 years as he has served the rest of us as a patrol officer, emergency response team member, narcotics investigator, firearms and taser instructor, detective, patrol sergeant, internal affairs investigator, lieutenant in charge of the WCSO criminal investigative division and later as the administrative lieutenant, and now as captain of the largest sheriff’s department patrol division in the State of Minnesota.
Sean has always tried to improve himself as he worked to improve our county, and he sought leadership roles even though those responsibilities often required additional personal and family commitment. He truly cares about people within and outside of the Sheriff’s Department. His experience and education make him the best candidate by far to lead the Wright County Sheriff’s Department into the future. Sean is one of a very small percentage of law enforcement officers in our country to graduate from the FBI Academy. He will use that exceptional training and the experiences gained in his many roles as a Wright County law enforcement officer and community volunteer to fulfill his plan as the Wright County Sheriff. Sean is definitely ready to lead on day #1.
I don’t know if Sean pursued his career in the fashion that he did so that he could be Sheriff someday, or if because he pursued his career and family life as he has that he just becomes the obvious choice to lead this 3rd largest sheriff’s department in the state, but it is obvious to me that Sean has in fact done everything that he could have/should have done to be in the position that he is in today. During the past 47 years, I have known and respected the last 4 Wright County sheriffs. I have watched the sheriff’s department grow as our county has grown. We are ready for and need another respected sheriff like Sean Deringer. – I’m proud to know I had something to do with Sean’s early days in law enforcement.
Please be sure to vote in the Primary Election on August 14th and the General Election on November 6th."
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