Winona County voters elect Ron Ganrude as the new sheriff. Ganrude defeated Bill Spitzer in the general election.
Ganrude retired from the Winona County Sheriff's Department in October as Chief Deputy. Ganrude had held the number two position in the department for nearly 16 years.
Ganrude started his law enforcement career in 1980, working as an officer for the City of St. Charles. Six years later, he moved to the Winona County Sheriff's Department where he has held several positions including Lieutenant and Night-time Supervisor. He was also one of the original members of the county's Emergency Response Team (ERT) which is similar to a S.W.A.T team.
Sheriff Dave Brand announced in May that he would not seek a fifth term.
The Sheriff's race was narrowed down to Ganrude and Spitzer following a primary election in August.
Along with Ganrude and Spitzer, four other candidates were vying to become Winona County's next sheriff. They were; Sheriff's Investigator Kraig Glover and Rob Averbeck, retired Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Hansen and retired city of Winona Police Sergeant Gary Hoeppner.