Dawanna Witt is officially the first Black person and the first woman to lead the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in its 170 year history. After taking her oath of office in front of an over-flow crowd at the Hennepin County Government Center on Jan. 3, Sheriff Witt acknowledged her team.
“I have one of the best teams. The last few years have been hard, yet these men and women continue to put on these uniforms and put on this badge and act in a way of honor and integrity to ensure the safety and security of all people, all businesses, all visitors to Hennepin County. I assure you that I will lead them into making sure that we do even better,” said Witt. ” With that being said, I promise you to be the best sheriff that this county has had.”
Sheriff Witt replaces Dave Hutchinson who defeated Rich Stanek in 2018.
As Hennepin County Sheriff, Witt leads the office that currently employs 830 people, runs the county jail, all court security in the county, the Hennepin County crime lab, and 911 dispatch for 25 of the county’s 45 cities.