Second candidate enters sheriff’s race

by Laura Adelmann
Thisweek Newspapers

Dakota County Chief Deputy Dave Bellows announced Monday that he will run against Apple Valley Police Sgt. Mitch Scott for Dakota County sheriff in 2010.

Bellows’ announcement came a week after four-term Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson announced his retirement and at the same time encouraged Bellows to run for the open position.


Gudmundson had then said he recommended Bellows for sheriff because of
his reputation for working with other law enforcement agencies in the
county and state.

According to Bellows’ Sept. 28 press release, he also has endorsements
from eight police chiefs in the county, including Lakeville’s Tom
Vonhof and Farmington’s Brian Lindquist.

Another local official, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, has also endorsed Bellows for the position of sheriff.

Bellows has worked in Dakota County for 30 years, beginning in 1980 when he started as a patrol officer for Lakeville.

By the time he left in 1999, he had held many positions, including detective, sergeant and lieutenant.

Bellows was appointed by Gudmundson as a commander with the Sheriff’s Department, and in 2000 was appointed chief deputy.

In that position, Bellows has overseen nearly 200 employees, the
county’s 265- bed jail, and a budget of more than $18 million.

On Labor Day, Scott announced his plans to run for the office, citing
his 23 years of experience in law enforcement, including service as a
security police officer in the Air Force, and as a detention deputy and
deputy sheriff in Hennepin County.

Scott has been with the Apple Valley Police Department since 1996, holding the ranks of patrol officer, detective and sergeant.

“I feel that my diversity will serve me well in the position of
sheriff,” Scott said. “With experience in the military, municipal,
county law enforcement, I have a diverse skill set to rely on when
making decisions that can affect all 391,000 residents of Dakota
County.”

Scott has pledged to campaign in every city and township in the county during the next year.

Bellows is planning an Oct. 8 kick-off event, open to the public, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Old Chicago in Apple Valley.

Both candidates live in Dakota County.

Laura Adelmann is at dceditor@frontiernet.net.

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