Letter to the editor (notebook)

I am writing in support of Luke Hennen for Scott County sheriff.

I retired in 2017 after working at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years in the jail with the last 19 years as a sergeant. I served in the U.S. Marine Corp, Army Reserve, worked in factories, sales and drove truck. I have a B.A. in organizational leadership from Bethel University.

In 1997, when Luke started as a corrections officer in the Scott County Jail I could see that he would do well, he was organized, articulate, a team player, coach-able and demonstrated great people skills. I watched as he became a deputy, detective, sergeant and later I worked for him when he was chief deputy and sheriff.

During my career, I worked under four sheriffs and each came with their own leadership style. Most of the sheriffs had been deputies before being elected and managed from the office, relying on subordinate staff to manage other duties like the jail, dispatch, emergency management, court security.

Most often if the sheriff came to the Jail, someone was in trouble. Sheriff Hennen is different, he visits all the departments on a consistent basis. He has regular meetings with the supervisory staff. He holds the command staff accountable, as they hold their subordinates accountable. Luke is always in the know.

Luke is a true leader and walks the talk. Luke’s experience in addition to his education in law enforcement and Master’s in Public Administration conveys leadership qualities and accomplishment. Luke monitors the direction the organization is heading and guides the supervisors by giving them the right staff, training and resources to accomplish the mission.

Luke has dedicated himself to serve the citizens of Scott County. Please join me in voting to keep Sheriff Hennen.

John W. Erickson

Jordan

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