Brian Miner
Brian Miner
Brian Miner has announced his candidacy for the office of the Fillmore County sheriff, which will be up for election in 2014 as current Sheriff Daryl Jensen has previously stated he will not be seeking reelection to another term.

"I believe with my education, training and 19 years of experience and commitment to Fillmore County, I am the best candidate for the position," said Miner, a lieutenant who started his career in Fillmore County in 1994.

A native of southeast Minnesota, he graduated from Stewartville High School in 1986, has an associate in applied science degree in law enforcement from the Alexandria Technical College and a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University. In 2012 and 2013 respectively, he graduated from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's supervision and management program and senior management program. Throughout his 19 years, he said he has had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of classes and trainings that have given him a diverse background in all areas of law enforcement.

While attending Mankato State University, he had the opportunity to work part-time as a police officer in the cities of Mapleton and Minnesota Lake. In December 1994, he started his career with Fillmore County as a deputy sheriff in Spring Valley. He has been in a leadership position for the last eight years, starting when he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2005. His duties included supervision of the patrol division, scheduling, and training of new deputies. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2013. His duties include animal neglect/cruelty investigation, civil process, background checks for gun permits, and sheriff's office liaison to the Salvation Army. He noted that he has also had the privilege of being the sheriff's office firearms instructor and use-of-force instructor.

"I am committed to providing the best possible services to the community through effective leadership and continuing to build a responsive and professional sheriff's office," he said in his announcement.

He currently live in rural Spring Valley with his wife, Amanda, and four children: Stephanie (15), Caitlin (12), Emily (10), and Cameron (7).