Deputy annouces run for Freeborn Co. sheriff

Published 4:10 pm Saturday, May 17, 2014

A third member of the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday he will seek election as sheriff this fall.

Dale Glazier

Dale Glazier

Deputy Dale Glazier, 50, has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2003. Prior to that, he worked in ag diesel mechanics.

“Being a sheriff is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Glazier said.

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He will come up against present Sheriff Bob Kindler and deputy Kurt Freitag who previously announced their intent to run.

The filing period begins Tuesday.

Glazier, who lives between Albert Lea and Clarks Grove, said four years ago he campaigned with Sheriff Bob Kindler, describing him as “a mentor” at the time. Now, Glazier said, he has taken a different course and thinks he can be the new vision for Freeborn County.

“A lot of his promises he has not come through with,” Glazier claimed of Kindler. “I will carry through and bring change to our department.”

He said Kindler promised to increase morale within the department, but he thinks the morale is actually the lowest it has been since he’s started in 2003.

Glazier said he also thinks relationships with other agencies have diminished and noted there are safety concerns that need to be addressed.

The deputy said if he is elected, he will work to increase morale through scheduling and working with the deputies. He hopes to increase technology, communications and investigations, particular regarding cyber crimes.

“I believe the citizens of Freeborn County deserve better, and the sheriff needs to be held accountable and work for the people,” Glazier said.

He said he loves working with people and dealing with the public.

“I love every aspect about what I do,” he said. “It’s always been my dream job, and I love it.”

Glazier is married to his wife, Brenda, and together they have custody of their 13-year-old great-nephew.

He said he enjoys baling hay and going four-wheeling.

“The announcement by deputy Glazier to run for the position of sheriff is not unexpected,” Kindler said after hearing the announcement. “I look forward to the next few months demonstrating how I have exceeded all the goals I set forth in my 2010 campaign.”

Freitag said he has enjoyed working with Glazier through the years and he wished him luck in his candidacy for sheriff.