Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was elected and sworn in as first vice-president of the National Sheriffs’ Association during the annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, earlier this week, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said June 22.

“It is an honor to help lead this organization that ensures that every Sheriff and their employees have a voice in the national public safety conversation,” said Stanek. “Not only are we representing Sheriffs, but we are ensuring that best practices are shared nationally among agencies of all sizes to help meet the ever-changing demands of law enforcement.”

He has been a member of the executive committee since 2009 and recently served as the second vice-president. He also chairs the Homeland Security Committee for the NSA.

“Year after year, I am able to bring new ideas back to Hennepin County to ensure we are providing enhanced services to our residents,” he said.

Stanek and other sheriffs spoke at the conference on homeland security, jail and mental health reform, new DNA techniques crime labs use for evidence processing and the national opioid crisis.

The New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the conference from June 15-20.

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