Kirkland Gains Momentum with Support from Senior Leaders Across the State | Business


Suwana Kirkland, a 17-year public safety veteran and high-ranking county administrator who is running for Hennepin County Sheriff, announced Tuesday, April 26 that she has the support and approval of many of the Minnesota’s most respected and beloved leaders.

Kirkland, who is currently director of Community Corrections for Dakota County, has an impressive resume. Her career in law enforcement began as a cadet in Minnetonka before becoming a sworn police officer. Kirkland became deputy sheriff of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, where she served as sergeant, acting commanding officer and chief executive of the Detention Division.

Since announcing her run, Kirkland has been endorsed by many people. It is endorsed by retired police chiefs William Bill Finney and Thomas Smith, both of St. Paul; Matt Bostrom, Ramsey County Sheriff (retired); and Mary Nash, St. Paul Police Dpt. Deputy Chief (retired). Additionally, she secured endorsements from State Representatives Frank Hornstein, Ruth Richardson, Heather Edelson, Jamie Long, Rena Moran, Hodan Hassan, and Senators John Hoffman and Ann Rest. The list of distinguished endorsers also includes: Justice Lajune Lange, 4th Court of Justice (Retired), Commissioner Toni Carter of Ramsey County, Charles Adams III, Head Football Coach of Minneapolis North High School, and Betty Folliard, Representative of State of MN (retired) and Head of ERA. Stonewall DFL recently announced their support for Kirkland.

“Hennepin County has a strong tradition of community members who believe in public safety. My goal is to build on that commitment as the next sheriff of our great county. I find the energy that comes from the trust these leaders have in me inspiring,” Kirkland said. “Across Hennepin County, we must incorporate the voice of the community as we work to ensure people feel safe where they work, play and worship. These mentions give me hope that working together to improve safety and quality of life is possible. Public safety demands that, as leaders, we ensure that our communities are led with innovation, excellence and effectiveness.

Kirkland, who is running as a Democrat, earned her master’s degree in police leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is now a teacher there. She has been described as a “firm and innovative leader” both in her work as Director of Community Corrections for Dakota County and in her former role as Ramsey County Deputy Sheriff.

Kirkland served as a sergeant, active commander and executive officer of the Detention, Background Investigation and Recruiting Division, executive commander of SWAT and hostage negotiator. She has lived in Hennepin County for over 20 years and currently resides in Rogers with her husband and children.

A meeting will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookview Park (main pavilion), rain or shine. – 200 Brookview Parkway North, Golden Valley, MN.

To learn more about Suwana Kirkland, visit the campaign website at


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