SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A surprise announcement on Wednesday by Woodbury County’s top law enforcement officer.
Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew says he won’t seek a third term in office.
“So I am ecstatic, this is the happiest day I’ve had, probably in years, is to say that I’m not running,” said Woodbury County Sherrif Dave Drew.
Sheriff Drew was first elected in 2012 and became the first Woodbury County Sheriff to run unopposed in over 40 years when he was re-elected in 2016.
His decision not to seek a third term came as a surprise.
Drew says the time is right, especially knowing longtime friend and fellow law enforcement officer, Todd Wieck, is seeking to fill the role of Woodbury County Sheriff.
“I really want to thank those that have supported me, those have voted for me. It’s awesome to win once, but it’s even cooler if you win the second time. I just like to ride on out high in the saddle and smiling,” said Sherrif Drew.
Drew is serving as Woodbury County’s 33rd Sheriff.
Under his leadership, the county instituted a community policing program that lead to a 28e agreement with several area communities.
The reserve deputies program has seen substantial growth under his guidance.
Drew led the charge for his department to take over security duties at the Woodbury County Courthouse and reintroduced the DARE program at local schools.
Drew’s announcement to not seek re-election came just minutes after Major Todd Wieck threw his name in the ring to become Sheriff.
Wieck, who is a 30-year veteran of the Sheriff’s department, is making his first run at political office.
He says he is prepared to work toward resolving the current overcrowding issues at the Woodbury County Jail.
“[I] been that involved in it, but now I am going to be involved in it. I will be working with the Sheriff and all of the entities involved in trying to get this bond referendum passed,” said Major Todd Wieck, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office.
County supervisors have set March 3 as the date for a county-wide bond referendum on a plan to build a new $50 million jail.
Major Wieck is the only person so far to announce a run for Sheriff.
The sheriff’s office employs 120 people. They cover 872 square miles with a population of 102,271.
Watch the announcement below.