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Tama County Sheriff candidate profiles

November 5, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera (R-Traer) is opposed by Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker (D-Tama) in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Responses provided by the candidates:

Bryan Ellenbecker:

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Dennis Kucera - Bryan Ellenbecker


I have a BA from Buena Vista College in Human Services and a minor in Education and Training. I have been a certified officer for 24 years, all in Tama County. I have been an administrator. I do work as a death investigator for the Medical Examiners Office. I received the 2002 Law Enforcement Award, given by the US Attorneys Office. I'm seeking this position as I feel that its time for a change at the Sheriff's Office. Its time for the tax payers to get 24 hour coverage seven days a week.

Reasons for seeking office:

Its time to handle animal complaints, to provide school patrols, hold fun activities with school kids and law enforcement. Its time for efficient and effective Law Enforcement in Tama County.

Personal information provided by the candidate:

I have been married to my wife, Jeri for 19 years. We have 3 teenage children. Brady 17, Taylor 16, and Bryce 14. All attend the STC High School. I'm a member of the St John's Lutheran Church, I'm a member of the Iowa Sheriff's and Deputies Association, and I'm a member of the Tama Ambulance Service.

Dennis Kucera:


Certified Peace Officer as required by Iowa Law Enforcement Academy 30 years of service with Tama County Sheriff Office, 12 Years as your Tama County Sheriff, experience in Administrative Responsibility as Budget Preparation, Jail Operations, Civil Process, Management of Deputies, Jailers, Record and Civil Clerks, Sheriff's Reserve. Fiscally Responsible.

Reasons for seeking office:

It is an honor to serve the people of Tama County as your Sheriff, having overwhelming encouragement and support from family, staff and supporters to run for re-election. I will continue serving the people of Tama County with dedication, fairness, honesty and professionalism, providing leadership with cooperative unified efforts and team work of the Sheriff's office deputies, clerks and jailers so that we can continue providing safe protection throughout the county to the best of our ability. I'll continue to do my best to use your tax dollars conservatively, keeping increases minimal, meeting the request of the Board of Supervisors, continue seeking ways to supplement the budget.


Membership with the Iowa Sheriff's & Deputies Association, Emergency

Management Executive Board, 911 Executive Boards.

My wife Gayle and I are married 37 yrs, both of us born and raised in Tama

County. We have two sons Adam (Autumn), Brandon (Deanna) and daughter

Danielle (Adam) and seven grandchildren.

Was instrumental in establishing Tama County Sheriff Reserves, Introducing the

Code Red Emergency notification system. Served in the community as Scout

Master for Traer Boy Scout Troop 304 which advanced young men to receive

their Eagle Scout awards. When time allowed was member of the Traer Lions

Club, served on Church Boards. Currently active members with the Prairie Lakes

Church in Cedar Falls.



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