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June 10, 2022

Kelly, Hanson in the Running for Goodhue County Sheriff

Michelle Vlasak @ Kenyon Leader

Come November, Goodhue County residents will have two candidates to consider for county sheriff.

Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly is running for re-election, while Goodhue County Emergency Management Director Josh Hanson is also throwing his hat in the race. 

June 01, 2022

Marty Kelly Running for Goodhue County Sheriff

Marty Kelly, Guest Contributor @ Kenyon Leader

     I have been serving the citizens of Red Wing and Goodhue County for 34 years with the last four years as your Sheriff. During that time, I have seen our profession evolve in ways we never would have imagined when I first began in 1989. I have served through five decades with one guiding principle and am proud to say that — treating people the way you would want to be treated — has served me well.

    I am a proud father of five children and grandfather to twins. My wife, Mary of 32 years, is my rock and stabilizing force. We live on a hobby farm in Hay Creek Township where we raise beef cattle for fun and 4-H projects.

May 31, 2022

Marty Kelly Reflects on Accomplishments During Term, Files for Reelection.

David Friese @ Zumbrota-Mazeppa News-Record

“For the last three years in office, I have had my original campaign flier on my desk to remind myself of the promises I made in 2018 while running for this office,” Kelly said. “I kept a list of the three things I wanted to accomplish.”

When he began his term in office in January 2019, Kelly did not envision what we would be facing in the coming years. “We were soon facing the challenges of COVID-19. The issues surrounding George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed drastically changed the way we operate,” he said. Hiring challenges hit everyone, and law enforcement was not immune from that. “Hiring has definitely been a struggle for us in our [Adult Detention Center], but I am hopeful this too will turn around soon!” Kelly feels that many of the changes during his tenure were for the good and feels that the agency is moving forward. “In my first three years in office, we have been under budget by $1.9 million!” he said.

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