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Le Sueur County Sheriff David Tietz, a life-long New Prague resident, is retiring after 31 years with the county, the last three as sheriff.

As reported in a recent edition, Sgt. David Struckman of the sheriff’s office has also retired.

Each of these men, along with their fellow workers, have dedicated their careers to making the residents of Le Sueur County safe and secure.

In an interview this week, Sheriff Tietz talked about the “pro-police” views that the majority of people in the county have. Admittedly, there has been a lot of coverage in print and electronic media of protests around the country against police. More specifically, against actions taken by some officers that are viewed as racist.

The sheriff is correct when he states that the people of the county have been supportive of his department. A picnic held last summer in New Prague to thank law enforcement officials from Scott and Le Sueur counties drew a huge crowd to Memorial Park. The police officers and sheriff’s personnel on hand were visibly moved by the show of support.

Sheriff Tietz said barely a week goes by when he doesn’t get a call, email or letter thanking him or his department for their service. We would like to think that the majority of the public feel the same way not only here, but in bigger cities as well.

As Tietz prepares to retire, his chief deputy, Brett Mason, is taking on the role of interim sheriff. We pray that Sheriff Mason can continue to serve the county in the same fashion as Sheriff Tietz and his predecessors, and that his office, as well as other area law enforcement agencies, continue to receive the support of the communities they serve, a support that is richly deserved.