Sheriff’s race likely to be contested


Although it is not official, there’s someone who wants to be the new sheriff in town.

North Mankato police officer Jacob Kral says he plans to run for Faribault County sheriff in the Nov. 8 general election.

“As a resident of Faribault County for many years I feel it is my time to give back to the community and be a voice for all residents,” says Kral. “I look forward to meeting and listening to the people of Faribault County.”

Kral touts 17 years of devoted public service, working as a Faribault County deputy, police officer, reserve officer and instructor of DNR youth safety classes.

He also is a member of the Lura Lake Association, Lura Lake Aeration Association and Faribault County Farm Bureau.

Kral and his wife Brooke have three children and live on family farm in Faribault County.

Meanwhile, incumbent Sheriff Mike Gormley must decide whether he wants to seek another four-year term.

“The period for filing hasn’t opened up yet, so no one can truly file. I will be making a decision soon,” he says.

Gormley’s law enforcement career spans more than 30 years, 16 of those serving as the county’s sheriff.

Should Gormley decide not to seek re-election, which could open the door for Chief Deputy Scott Adams.

Adams has nearly 26 years of law enforcement experience, 15 as second-in-command of the sheriff’s department.

The filing period for county offices opens on May 17 and closes on May 31 and there is a $50 filing fee.6

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