RELEASE: Soyka will run for Stearns County Sheriff


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Soyka touts 27 years of law enforcement experience and strong ties to the community as he launches bid to be next Sheriff

St. Cloud, Minn. – After 27 years of protecting the people of Central Minnesota, Steve Soyka is taking the next step and announcing his candidacy to be the next Stearns County Sheriff. Soyka is a lifelong resident of Stearns County. He attended Cathedral High School and St. Cloud State University, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Soyka is the current Team Commander for the Stearns-Benton County SWAT unit, and is a former Commander of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. He is also currently a Sergeant serving in the Stearns County Sheriff Patrol Division. Soyka previously received the Stearns County Life Saving medal for his actions in the line of duty, and also received the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge Life Saving Award for the State of Minnesota.

Soyka said his goal is to more effectively manage the resources available to the Sheriff’s department, and to increase public safety. He also pledged to focus on children’s safety, reducing the spread of drugs and crime, and continuing to build relationships between the Sheriff’s office and the people of Stearns County. Soyka also believes it is important for the Sheriff’s office to hear feedback from the people they serve, and said his administration will improve the communication between the Sheriff's office and the citizens of Stearns County.

Steve Soyka, candidate for Sheriff, added the following statement:

"Since I was 15 years old, I’ve wanted to be the Stearns County Sheriff. I was born, raised, and educated here, and I truly love this community. I’ve spent most of my adult life making Stearns County a safe place to raise a family, but we have many public safety challenges ahead of us. After 27 years of well-rounded experience in law enforcement, I’m confident that I will be able to help our community to meet those challenges. I look forward to speaking with the citizens of Stearns County about how we can make our community a safer place over the next few months."


Steve Soyka is a lifelong resident of Stearns County. As a believer in giving back to the community, Steve is very active in a number of organizations across Stearns County. He is currently a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Granite Lodge 17 where he serves as Vice President. Steve is a member of St. Stephen Church. When he is not working, Steve enjoys golfing, working on his old cars, boating and spending time at his cabin in the Brainerd Lakes area.

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