Richard Hodsdon is a retired assistant Washington County attorney with the Washington County Attorney's Office in Stillwater, Minnesota. He represented Washington County in all aspects of civil law practice and also acts as a criminal prosecutor. Mr. Hodsdon represented the county sheriff and the elected county attorney, with particular emphasis with the sheriff's office. He is a consultant and legal educator, providing consulting services to public criminal justice and corrections administrators, particularly sheriff's offices, on policy development and operations. Mr. Hodsdon is an instructor in a wide range of civil and criminal topics, including data practices and personnel, employment and labor law, discrimination and civil rights law, corrections law, and liability and civil commitments. He is an instructor for the National Institute of Corrections and the Minnesota Community College System. Mr. Hodsdon is an adjunct faculty member for the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He is counsel to the Minnesota Sheriff's Association, which provides legal advice and representation to the association and its members. Issues include: emergency operations, patrol, jail personnel and employment law, and all other matters relating to operation of the sheriff's office, as well as management of a non-profit organization. In this position Mr. Hodsdon serves as corporate counsel to the association, as well as assists individual members. Mr. Hodsdon serves as a citizen member and chair of the board that licenses Minnesota private detectives and protective agents. He earned his B.A. degree from Concordia College, his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his master's degree in public administration from Hamline University. Mr. Hodsdon is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, and the National Sheriffs Association (Legal Advisors Committee).
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