The positions of County Sheriff and County Attorney in Rice County were determined in unopposed races.

Troy Dunn was elected to his third term Tuesday with 22,862 votes for 99.23 percent. Write-in candidates received .77 percent (188 votes).

Dunn, 50, has said that this will be his final term.

In his next four years, he wants to set his staff up for the future, “so whoever takes over the Sheriff’s Office when I leave has a stable agency to take the ball and keep rolling,” he said last month.

Another goal for the Faribault native, is to reduce the number of mental health issues local law enforcement deal with, as well as reduce effects of impaired and distracted driving by Rice County citizens. That, he said, means working with other agencies to find solutions.

John Fossum also ran unopposed. He received 99.22 percent of the votes to earn his second term. Write-in candidates received .78 percent (171 votes).

Fossum spent the last four years reorganizing the County Attorney’s Office to make it more efficient.

His biggest point of contention during the 2014 race was a disorganized County Attorney’s Office that too often took unwinnable cases to trial. While the office has lost cases, Fossum said, the office is more apt to find an appropriate resolution that benefits public safety and the defendant than in years past.

“I think we do a better job of prosecuting every level of case,” he said.

Fossum’s background includes experience as a public defender at the state and federal levels and in private practice. He also spent a year in Afghanistan training police.

Reach Sports Editor Mike Randleman at 507-333-3119 or on Twitter @fdnmike.

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