Incumbent Sheriff Luke Hennen won the primary election Tuesday and advances to the November general election along with newcomer Jason Arras.
Joe Theis and Duane "Dewey" Jirik were eliminated in today's primary election because the two candidates with the most votes advance to November.
The Scott County sheriff is the top law enforcement officer in the county and operates the sheriff’s department, emergency dispatch and the Scott County jail. The sheriff earns a salary of $149,198. Current Sheriff Luke Hennen was not elected, but took over when Kevin Studnicka retired in 2016.
Primaries, in partisan races, determine which candidate from each party or parties will move forward as the party’s candidate in the general election in November.
Here are the results with all 47 precincts reporting:
Scott County sheriff race results
|Luke W. Hennen||7,566||43.18|
|Duane "Dewey" Jirik||1,803||10.44|
Read a little more about each candidate below:
Arras is the commander of the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force, which operates in Scott, Carver and McLeod counties, and a sergeant with the Shakopee Police Department. According to his website, Arras said he will work with the school districts to ensure student safety, promote “enforcement, educating, and partnering with treatment facilities” to lower the rate of drug use in Scott County and work to increase productivity without using taxes as much as possible through grants and new programs.
Theis is a Shakopee police officer who formally was on the Belle Plaine Police Department. He is also a on-call firefighter. He transitioned to law enforcement in 2011 after 10 years of working in real estate. According to his website, communication between public safety agencies, including fire departments, will be a priority as well as implementing a new dispatch and records management system, getting a K9 narcotics program and providing mental health training and de-escalation tactics to officers.
Luke W. Hennen
Hennen is the current Scott County sheriff. He has been with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years and served as chief deputy for former Sheriff Kevin Studnicka before replacing him when Studnicka retired. According to his website, Hennen has worked to increase mental health crisis intervention training for officers, provided training to Naloxone, been the co-chairman of the Scott County Drug Prevention Task Force and created a community engagement deputy position.
Duane “Dewey” Jirik
Jirik is a Scott County deputy who has worked in law enforcement for 32 years, including 21 with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. According to his website, Jirik said the sheriff’s office should communicate through various media, use community policing tactics, have a stronger presence in schools, communicate better with police and county departments, give every officer a body camera and create more programs for crime prevention.