Sheriff (Retired)

Senior Consultant

Rich Stanek brings his wealth of knowledge from 35 years of public safety experience to clients across the country, including organizational leadership, agency management, national law enforcement best practices, crime reduction strategies, public policy advocacy, corporate security, and expert testimony.

Rich is the author of numerous publications providing education for residents regarding emerging public safety and justice issues:  Mental Illness Among Jail Inmates, Opioid Abuse and Addiction, The Nexus Between Mass Shootings and Mental Illness, The Collapse of the 35W Bridge, Intelligence-led Policing, and FirstNet, The Dedicated National Public Safety Broadband Network for First Responders.

Rich served as the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County, Minnesota for 12 years, with responsibility for the safety and security of 1.2 million residents.  He managed over 1100 employees and volunteers, a budget of $125 million, and provided care and custody for inmates in the largest Jail and Sheriff’s Office in the Upper Midwest.  Prior to serving as Sheriff, Rich was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty as the State’s Commissioner of Public Safety, and Director of Homeland Security, overseeing nine State Agencies with over 2200 employees; including the Minnesota State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Emergency Management, Office of Justice Programs and State Fire Marshal.

phone 312.803.5666