"I want to use my God-given talents, my education and experience as the top law enforcement officer in the county, to provide leadership by word, action and deed in my personal and professional life to those we serve and those who work in law enforcement," Van Otterloo told the Daily Sentinel.
On receiving an associate of arts degree in police science from Western Iowa Tech, Van Otterloo began work with the Le Mars Police Department. He was promoted through the ranks to captain before he was first elected to Plymouth County Sheriff in 1990.
"I want to continue to promote the fair and equal implementation of the federal, state and local laws," said Van Otterloo.
"The challenges facing the office of sheriff include maintaining financial accountability, increasing revenue opportunities, effective operation of the new Law Enforcement Center and through education and enforcement of drug problems and domestic abuse concerns," said the incumbent.
Van Otterloo is involved in a number of community and professional organizations, including Kiwanis, Plymouth County Farm Bureau, the central committee of the Plymouth County Republican Party and the advisory Board for The Living Center. He is also on the advisory board for WIT's police science program and has chaired the county's emergency management commission.
"An increase in activity of civil, patrol, investigations, communications center and corrections will add to the challenge of doing more with a minimal amount of deputies and staff personnel," said Van Otterloo. "Dealing with homeland security issues is yet another opportunity for the office of the sheriff."