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UPDATE: Sheriff reacts to no confidence vote

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Dunn County (WQOW) - Dunn County’s top cop reacts to a vote of no confidence.

Dunn County’s Sheriff Deputies have declared a vote of no confidence in the sheriff. They say Sheriff Dennis Smith lacks the capacity required to effectively lead and manage the department.

The deputies have endorsed Smith's challenger Chris Kruse who has served as Dunn County's Medical Examiner since 2001.

Smith says he wasn't completely surprised by the vote.

“Not everyone is happy with your decisions, not everyone is happy with what you do or don't do for them,” Smith said. “I always have to keep in mind that I work for the taxpayers of Dunn County. I don't work for the deputies I work with them, they're taxpayers too but it's the taxpayers of Dunn County that I work for."

Smith has been sheriff since 2001. His challenger Chris Kruse says he was surprised to learn about the vote this morning and that it reinforces his reason to run for sheriff.

"The department is literally screaming for a leadership change and to have some modern views and to look at things from a different approach,” Kruse said. “I think a set of eyes from outside law enforcement is actually a good thing."

The primary election is on August 12th. The winner will be the only person to appear on the November 4th ballot.


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Dunn County (News Release) - We the members of Local Union 727B (Dunn County Sheriff’s Deputies) do hereby proclaim the following declaration of no confidence towards the current Dunn County Sheriff, Dennis P. Smith:

While the sheriff himself is personable and friendly, he lacks the capacity required to effectively lead and manage the current and future needs of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

We collectively believe that new leadership is paramount in keeping the department prepared to meet the ever-changing challenges that come with modern law enforcement efforts.

We therefore thank Dennis Smith for his past service, but endorse Chris Kruse as candidate for Dunn County Sheriff.

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