History of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association


Formed in 1885, The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association consists of  the 87 Minnesota sheriffs and their staffs.  These agencies represent a diversity of regions, from agricultural and wilderness, to metropolitan.  Each sheriff has their own unique situation, duties, responsibilities and yet many of the problems they encounter are common to all.


The sheriff has had to work through the legislature to propose, endorse, and support legislation, which would enable them to carry out their duties more effectively. They have also had to oppose legislation, which would not only diminish the office of sheriff, but also make it obsolete. The Office of Sheriff has protected American democratic principles by seeing to it that the office remains an elected office, and the sheriffs have successfully fought to keep their office non-partisan, believing that if it were a political office it would be possible to lose a certain degree of autonomy. 


Being a sheriff is certainly not to be viewed as a job; it most definitely is a way of life.