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Johnson County Sheriff

The Johnson County Sheriff is responsible for preserving peace, and for the administration of the County jail. Voters will select 1 candidate in the November 3, 2020 election.

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    Brad Kunkel
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What makes you the best choice for the Johnson County Sheriff?

What, in your view, is the most critical issue facing County law enforcement at this time and how will you address it?

What area of the budget for Johnson County law enforcement most needs improvement and what is your plan for change?

Age 41
Current Occupation/Work Experience I'm currently a Detective Sergeant and the Public Information Officer for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. I was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in 2001 and have worked my way through the ranks serving in the jail, on patrol and as a Patrol Sergeant.
Community Involvement I served for six years on the Solon City Council as a council member and Mayor Pro Tem. I've also served on the board at DVIP, 100+ Men Who Care, and the North Liberty Community Food Pantry.
Education Kirkwood Community College-A.A. Law Enforcement, University of Iowa-B.A. Political Science, Minor Religious Studies
Other Relevant Experiences Corridor Business Journal 40 Under 40-2015, IC/CVL CVB Bravo Award 2017
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My career experience at the Sheriff's Office coupled with my experience as an elected official and service in the non-profit community have provided me with a broad skill set will benefit both the Sheriff's Office and the public.

We are at a crossroads in this country where law enforcement will have to reconcile the racial disparities in the justice system, continue to do more for the community with less staff and resources, all the while working to balance due process with the public demand for transparency and accountability. As we move forward through these challenging times those of us in law enforcement leadership will need to ensure we are listening to the public and building trust throughout the community.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to need additional staff to accommodate the growing needs of Johnson County and the services we provide. However, future budgets are uncertain because we don’t yet know the scope of the impact Covid-19 will have on tax revenue. Revenue shortfalls will impact our state, county, and local governments so may see tighter budgets in the next few years. These shortfalls could affect our staff levels and the services we provide.