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Kelly makes second run for sheriff

Marty Kelly. Submitted photo

Marty Kelly is running for sheriff of Goodhue County. This is his second run for sheriff, after making an initial run for the position in 2010.

He began his career in law enforcement with the Red Wing Police Department 30 years ago. His assignments have included school resource officer, investigator, field training officer, field training supervisor, bike patrol supervisor, crisis negotiator and first aid instructor. He has also participated as a member of the Goodhue County SWAT team and was a medical investigator for Goodhue and Dakota counties from 2005-2013. For the past 10 years, Kelly has served as a RWDP patrol supervisor.

"As sheriff, I will continue to serve with pride and lead with confidence," Kelly said. He added that he is an advocate of community policing and believes in uniting law enforcement and the community to address issues facing Goodhue County.

Kelly received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Mankato State University in 1988. He has since completed follow-up training with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension - Leadership in Police Organizations and the Chiefs of Police Leadership Academy.

Kelly grew up on a dairy farm in Welch and currently lives in Hay Creek Township with his wife and five children. He is a volunteer football coach and leader with the Vasa 4-H Club.

Kelly will run against Paul Gielau and Josh Stehr in a voter primary on Aug. 14. Additional details about Kelly's campaign can be found online: