As more and more candidates throw their hat into the ring for the position of Winona County Sheriff, current Sheriff Dave Brand is still mum on whether or not he will seek reelection.
“I have not made a decision yet,” Brand said when asked about the possibility of running again. Brand did say, however, that he would like to retire knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the death of Baby Angel, the infant who was found floating in the Mississippi River on September 5, 2011.
Currently, three people have formally announced their intent to run: Winona County Sheriff’s Department Investigators Rob Averback and Kraig Glover, as well as current St. Charles Mayor Bill Spitzer.
Averback, the first candidate to enter the fall 2014 race, has worked over 20 years in law enforcement, mainly with the Winona County Sheriff’s Department. He said that with his experience in every division of the sheriff’s office he has the “insight on how each division is run, should be run, the expectations for the division, and the expectations each division would have of a sheriff.” Averback stated that, if elected, he would require more face-to-face interactions with deputies and complainants, more rural patrols, and would make sure that supervisors are on duty during night shifts.
Glover, who formally announced last week, has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 14 years, and prior to that served on the St. Charles Police Department for 12 years. “I’ve been promoted three times in my career,” Glover explained when asked why he would make the best sheriff of the candidates running. “Those promotions don’t come easy – it’s a lot of education and I have put in extra hours.”
If elected, Glover would increase rural patrols, develop and maintain a tight budget, conduct departmental and police training locally, and bring back supervision for the night shift.
Spitzer, who has over 30 years of experience in criminal justice and is currently serving as a Winona County deputy sheriff for his 24th year, said in a statement that his experience in a leadership position would be an asset to him if he were elected as sheriff. “My decade of leadership as mayor will help me guide the Sheriff’s office into the future,” he said.
Spitzer said that, if elected, he would focus on improving client service, management development, and strategies for the future, as well as emphasize safety and security within the county.