Sheriff Starry has worked in law enforcement for Washington County since 1993 in numerous capacities in the Sheriff's Office. He was appointed Chief Deputy under then Sheriff Hutton in October 2010. Other positions he has held include patrol deputy, crime prevention officer, field training officer, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer, Explorer advisor, narcotics officer, youth unit investigator, K9 officer with companion Smokey, Sergeant, and Commander.
Sheriff Starry has a bachelor of science degree from St. Mary’s University, and a Criminal Justice Education Certificate from the University of Virginia. He has attended the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association program. He is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Washington County East and an executive board member for North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. He is a member of National Sheriff’s Association, National Association of Chiefs of Police, and Minnesota Sheriff’s Association.
He and his wife Jeanice, live in Stillwater and have been married 25 years; they have two beautiful daughters, Bethany and Megan.