On Thursday, December 20, 2023, Sheriff Jamie Van Voorst released the following statement, announcing his campaign for “re-election”:
“A little over one year ago, I was honored with appointment by the Sioux County Board of Supervisors to the office of Sioux County Sheriff. Today, after previous discussions with my wife and family, colleagues, co-workers, I am announcing that I will seek election to the position of Sheriff that the Board of Supervisors entrusted to me in 2022.
I pledged that public safety in the county would always be my highest priority and that our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools would be kept safe by the professional service and protection that our deputies provide. I vowed to ensure that our deputies receive the best training and equipment available to effectively serve our community. I also pledged that our department would always be transparent, so that public trust could be enhanced and fostered wherever possible.
I believe we have met these goals and as your sheriff, pledge to maintain them. We have two more deputies in the department today than the day I was sworn in as sheriff. A mental health unit was created which is staffed by deputies with enhanced mental health training. We replaced a retiring drug canine with a new one, added an additional school resource officer and a crisis/therapy canine handled by that officer in our schools.
But, our work is not finished. I remain committed to continuing deputy training, public transparency, and employee wellness. I also want to focus on the spouse or loved ones behind the badges; their support reminds us of our humanity and keeps us grounded. I always want to continue innovation in our department.
I am deeply honored in the trust the people of Sioux County have placed in me. I vow to continue to live up to that trust if I am “re-elected” as our Sioux County Sheriff. If you support my mission, I would appreciate your support by giving me your vote in 2024.”