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Hutton will seek re-election as county sheriff

Bill Hutton

Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton announced Wednesday he'll run for a second term this fall.

"In the last four years I think we've accomplished quite a bit, and there's more to accomplish," Hutton said. "I think this is working out pretty well."

Hutton cited a smooth switch countywide to the 800 megahertz radio frequency for public safety communications as an accomplishment during his term. He attributed a lot of the success on that project to the work of Steve Pott, who he beat out narrowly for the top job in 2006.

Hutton's term has not been without its challenges. The department has seven fewer staff members than it had when he was elected due to budget cuts, he said.

"It just means there's more work for others who are here, and they really have to step up their game -- and they have," Hutton said.

The department is in the process of looking for a new record management system. Since the system incorporates everything from dispatching to civil issues, Hutton expects that would be a big challenge facing him if re-elected. A smaller project he's interested in is developing a cold case unit to look at crimes that have gone unsolved.

During his first term, Hutton established a fugitive apprehension team that arrested more than 700 fugitives and cleared nearly 1,000 warrants according to a press release.

Hutton has a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas and attended the FBI National Academy. He currently serves as the vice president of the fourth district of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. He also is the co-chair of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association legislative committee.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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