Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson is a 15-year law enforcement and public safety professional. Since 2006, he has served with the Metro Transit Police Department. Prior to his election as Hennepin County Sheriff, Dave held the position of sergeant, working on the north side of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.  He also supervised the Peer Support Program, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), and Community Engagement Team.

Working in the inner city, Dave has served in the poorest and most forgotten neighborhoods of Hennepin County.  He has worked with diverse communities from recent immigrants and refugees to long-established families of Minneapolis. This experience has allowed Dave to engage in community problem solving and partner businesses and agencies across the county to improve the safety and health of our communities.   

Dave knows the importance of public safety and community service. He understands that these vital goals are wholly consistent with his core values of transparency, responsiveness, and flexibility. 


Dave put himself through college working in the building trades and graduated from Alexandria Technical & Community College with a degree in Law Enforcement.  He continued his education at Saint Cloud State University and is currently enrolled at Metropolitan (Metro) State University.

In addition, Dave has completed advanced training, including: 

  • Supervision and Management Certificate Program, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

  • Senior Management Certificate Program, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

  • Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation