Hennepin County Sheriff-elect David Hutchinson named his transition team Wednesday.
Co-chairs of his team will be Richard Carlbom, a community organizer who chaired the campaign to defeat the state amendment to ban same-sex marriages, and Rob Allen, a retired deputy chief with the Minneapolis Police Department.
Other members include Sarah Walker, principal government affairs professional with MZA & Co., John Harrington, Metro Transit Police Chief and founding member of the Asian-American and Black Police Officers Association, Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal and East African adviser Kaamil Dakane.
Hutchinson, a sergeant with Metro Transit, defeated Rich Stanek, who had been Hennepin County Sheriff for the past 12 years, by 2,340 votes. On Tuesday, Stanek said he wouldn’t request a recount or take any legal action to challenge the election result.
Volunteer members of the transition team will be Austin Sable, Dillon Gherna, Nadine Kottom-Dale and Jeremy Zoss. The transition team is also consulting with additional outside advisers, policy experts, community leaders and law enforcement professionals.
Hutchinson, the first openly gay sheriff in the Midwest, will be sworn in Jan. 8. Stanek has not decided what he will do next.