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Candidate Q&As: Goodhue County Sheriff

The Republican Eagle asked Goodhue County sheriff candidates about their objectives, key issues in the county and how to make tough financial decisions for the office.

Find their responses at the links below: 

Gielau: Prepared, experienced

Paul GielauPaul Gielau

Age: 52

Address: 2362 Pineview Court, Red Wing

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Education: Associate Degree in law enforcement, Alexandria Area Vo-Tech

Family: Wife Dawn (married 18 years) grown stepchildren Mavrick and Danielle Patterson, son Derek who will be a senior at Red Wing High School.

Occupation: I have 33 years of service with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and I am the current patrol commander. I have previously held positions as a detention deputy, dispatcher, patrol deputy, patrol supervisor, and investigator.

Community involvement: Past board member of the Red Wing Hockey Association, current member of Goodhue Lions Club.

Kelly: Set priorities, make adjustments

Marty Kelly Marty Kelly

Age: 52

Address: 32999 Grosse Point Road

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Education: 1984 graduate of Red Wing High School; Bachelor’s Degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University with a minor in psychology, 1988; Alexandria Technical College Police Skills Program, 1987; Medico-legal death investigator certified diplomat, 2010; Leadership in Police Organizations graduate, 2014; Chiefs of Police Leadership Academy graduate, 2009

Family: Wife, Mary Jo; children Brianna (22), Sara (20), Sam (19), Jack (19) and Megan (19)

Occupation: Patrol Supervisor with Red Wing Police Department

Community involvement: Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church – Red Wing; volunteer youth football coach (20 years), youth baseball coach (5 years) 4-H adult leader with Vasa 4-H (five years) and Goodhue County Fair; Goodhue County foster parent, 1989-1994; Red Wing Men’s Community Choir.

Stehr: Support staff, try new things

Josh StehrJosh Stehr

Age: 43

Address: 34998 County 5 Blvd., Lake City

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Education: Inver Hills Community College/Minneapolis Community College/Center for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. 1996 Associate Degree in Applied Science – law enforcement; attending Concordia University in St. Paul pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in leadership and management; attending Bemidji State University in Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement with an emphasis in tribal relations and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

Family: Wife, Jen of 20 years; children ages 9 and 11.

Occupation: Goodhue County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. Started in old jail in 1999, made the transition to the new jail, was hired as a patrol deputy and since then have worked road patrol, in the civil/transport/bailiff division, as a School Resource Officer for the Pine Island Schools, as a SWAT team member and have been part of the Project Lifesaver.

Community involvement: Shop with a Cop, “Senior” proms at the Potter Ridge Assisted Living facility in Red Wing, school board member and vice president at a local area school.