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."
Jeff O’Brien has been a resident of Albertville since 2006. He is a Minneapolis-based attorney and regularly appears under his “Lawyer Extraordinare” alter ego on Justice & Drew and The BS Show with Bob Sansevere.
I know that I sound like a broken record when I say this, but here goes: in this very important election year, the selection of a new Wright County Sheriff is perhaps the most important decision that residents of Wright County will make in terms of the direct impact it will have upon our everyday lives.
I think it’s safe to say that voters have been provided every opportunity to hear where the candidates stand, both pre and post primary. All candidates should be commended for their active communication on social media, their attendance at community events and their willingness to talk with voters about where they stand on the various issues.
I have read and listened to just about every piece of information I could regarding the final two candidates, and based upon that information, I am proud to support Sean Deringer in his campaign to become the next Wright County Sheriff.
I have said for a number of years now that Wright County is changing. I believe that, with a large swath of the County becoming, for better or for worse, Twin Cities suburbs, the next Sheriff needs to be able to lead the Department into a new era with a new perspective as to handling the law enforcement needs of Wright County.
When this campaign began earlier this year, I was supporting a friend who had run previously. Shortly after my friend announced, Sean Deringer threw his hat in the ring for the job, and shortly after that on March 27, both candidates joined Bob Sansevere and his guests (myself included) on Bob’s BS Show podcast. During the show I posed to the candidates a question as to how, if elected, they would handle a situation which my wife and I had involving multiple negative interactions with a particular deputy.
A day or so after the show, my phone rang. It was Sean Deringer.
“I’ve been thinking some more about your question,”, he said, “and I don’t have to wait to become Sheriff to do something about it.”
Did I mention that Captain Deringer made that call knowing full well that I was supporting his only opponent at the time?
By the time our call wrapped up, I learned that the deputy with whom we had an issue was no longer with the Department. Sean provided me with all of the information that he had available on the incidents we had involving this deputy. It was such a relief to have someone from the Department be proactive and forthcoming and Sean’s actions that day gave our family a measure of closure.
Since then, I have called on Sean a number of times for a variety of issues. He has always responded promptly and took my issues seriously. In my previous endorsement of my friend for the primary, I stated that if I could have voted for two candidates to move on to the general election, Sean Deringer would have had my vote in the primary as well.
So, on primary night, when Sean moved on and the candidate I had been supporting did not, my choice for the general election was a no-brainer.
If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I, with my prior complaints about some aspects of the Sheriff’s Department, would be supporting a member of the current Command Staff to take over the top job, I would never have believed it, but that’s how impressed I have been with Sean Deringer and his plans to improve the Department.
I truly believe that Sean Deringer is the best candidate to be the Wright County Sheriff, and I truly believe that the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be a top notch law enforcement agency under Sean’s command. Bottom line, Sean gets what’s happening in the County. He gets that the cities east of Highway 25 are now essentially suburbs, and that he gets that there are major challenges ahead for this Department that must be addressed.
Regarding the other candidate for Sheriff, Mike Kaczmarek, I have had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing about his agenda if elected. While I have no reason to believe that Mike is anything other than an honorable and decent guy, I simply do not believe that he has the experience or the vision needed to move the Department forward in the manner needed to be an effective law enforcement agency for an ever changing Wright County.
I have heard Sean talk about his experience, why he decided to make a career in law enforcement, and what he wants to do to improve communication, transparency and accountability if elected. Like me, Sean Deringer is not a native of Wright County; he chose to live here. Like me, Sean decided long ago what path he wanted his career to take and he has taken the steps necessary to get to this point. That’s why I know that when Sean says he’s going to do something, I know he will see it through until he accomplishes his objective. That attitude is what makes a great leader, and I will be proud living in Wright County with Sheriff Sean Deringer in charge.
The following endorsement is made in my capacity as a private citizen and a resident of Wright County. The endorsement is not made on behalf of the City of Otsego or the Otsego City Council and should not be construed as anything other than my individual endorsement.
As community residents of Wright County, a goal that we all share in common is that we all would like to have a qualified leader become the new sheriff of Wright County to lead us in the protection of our citizens. I too share in that desire and it's a source of great concern that I have, as I want to ensure that the community where I live and serve is safe and so too is the safety of my own wife and children in our community.
Otsego is a spread-out community, much like Wright County and it’s known for its prairie like landscape. One minute you can be driving thru farm country on a gravel road with tractors passing you by and a mile later you might be looking up at a restaurant or an industrial park. There is a lot of ground to cover. With that in mind, I believe that we need a sheriff who can relate to all of us, whether we live out in the country or if we have kids playing on the soccer fields across the city. The sheriff needs to understand the different sort of safety concerns each part of our city and county has. I believe that he has that ability.
The City of Otsego is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Minnesota. More and more people are coming to Otsego to live, work, or travel to and from our city to visit relatives, shop and frequent local restaurants. In 2018, efforts made possible from the hard work of the I-94 Coalition team will be bringing transportation dollars to our area to improve the infrastructure that will include improvements to I-94 and Hwy.169. This construction is sure to make Otsego a busier place. Even though the project and construction scope will be focused on neighboring cities, the benefits will have a definite impact on the city of Otsego and its commercial development with increases to the number of travelers coming through this area.
Otsego is on pace to be the largest city in Wright County. Anytime a city enjoys this sort of a development boom as we have in Otsego, community leaders have to be cognizant of the impacts that this will bring to future public safety service requirements. It is definitely beneficial to have someone who brings experience working with city and county budgets, staffing solutions and who has analyzed data for potential growth for the planning of service requirements. Sean Deringer has been doing this right along in his career. He is a qualified leader and has worked extensively with the City of Otsego on these sorts of city budgets and has a focus on improving technology and communications.
In addition to Sean’s qualifications as a leader in law enforcement, it is just as important to me what kind of a person he is and is he right for our community needs? Sean shows a great deal of concern for the residents and culture. I envision Sean Deringer as playing a big part of our community for years to come and will continue to serve as a great role model for our youth and for those who want to get involved in community service.
“Otsego” is the word for “Friendly meeting place” and that term is a borrowed one from Otsego, New York, which resides in the Mohawk Valley in which this city was named. With that said, I would like see Sean continue to be at the table working in partnership with our growing community.
I would like to endorse Sean Deringer as the next Sheriff of Wright County. I am very confident that Sean will succeed.
Having known Sean for many years, first, I have to say it is an honor to be able to call him "my friend". Sean is a very honorable, honest, hardworking leader and family man in our community. Having seen Sean in action from patrolman to narcotics to detective, he is the all-around best person to fill the shoes of a very important figure in our County. Being a business owner, I appreciate the loyalty Sean has for his job and concerns he shows for ALL the people. After knowing many past Sheriffs in Wright County from Mr. Wolff to Mr. Hozempa and our current sheriff Mr. Hagerty, I feel he fits the description of a sheriff with morals, fairness, dedication and love of our community and has earned the respect he so deserves.
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