Sheriff James Stuart and his staff of over 300 employees and volunteers serve the 4th largest county in the state. We are committed to continuing our long history of outstanding service to this growing community. We strive to seek innovative ways to provide excellent service and promote public safety in an era of limited government resources. We are proud of the high quality of law enforcement services that we provide to our community.
Sheriff James Stuart is the 17th Sheriff of Anoka County since the office was established in 1857.
James began his career with the Sheriff’s Office on February 14, 1994, as a patrol deputy and rose through the ranks by earning several promotions. He has been a Sergeant in Patrol, Justice Services, and Administrative Divisions and then served as a Lieutenant overseeing operations in the Patrol Division. He served as a Captain with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office prior to being elected as your sheriff.
He held numerous supervisory roles during his tenure with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, giving him a broad base of knowledge from which to lead the organization. He supervised the Field Training Operations Unit, the K-9 Unit, the Civil Process Unit, and the Office of Professional Standards. He was also the Honor Guard Unit Commander, as well as a S.W.A.T. Team Leader.
James has a demonstrated commitment to providing the best possible services to the citizens that he proudly serves and actively participates in many collaborative efforts.
In addition to being active with the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association; he is a Member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (Anti-crime organization), the Minnesota Domestic Violence Committee, a member of the Anoka Rotary, the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee, the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition; a Board member for the Equal Justice Committee; an Advisory board member for Rasmussen Minneapolis Metro Area criminal justice studies program, the Secretary/Treasurer for the Joint Law Enforcement Council; and Past Board Member for the Governor’s Forensic Lab Advisory Board and Past President of the Anoka County Chiefs of Police Association.
Sheriff Stuart was also awarded the Youth First Community of Promise- Partner of Promise Award in 2012.
James, a former Marine, is a graduate from St. Mary’s University and the National Sheriff’s Institute. He is committed to the development of our youth and community partnerships.
It is his belief that by working together, we can make a difference.