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A fond farewell: Hutton steps down after 10 years as sheriff

Outgoing Washington County Sheriff William Hutton gets a hug from Commissioner Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove following a recognition ceremony April 25 for Hutton, who is leaving the county to become executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia

Washington County officials bid farewell to Sheriff William Hutton last week as he stepped down to take a job as executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association.

The Washington County Board passed a resolution honoring Hutton, 57, at its April 25 meeting.

William Hutton

Hutton was elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

"He will be remembered as a visionary leader who challenged the status quo and looked to the future with vision and insight," County Administrator Molly O'Rourke said.

Hutton's last day was April 30. He will be succeeded by former chief deputy Dan Starry.

Hutton's wife, Sara, and daughter-in-law Erin attended the ceremony last week.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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