Andy Dedeke will be the next sheriff of Leavenworth County.

Andy Dedeke will be the next sheriff of Leavenworth County.

Dedeke, a Republican, defeated Democrat Burdel Welsh.

Dedeke received 16,611 votes, or 60 percent of the votes from across the county. Welsh received 10,943 votes, or nearly 40 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results from the Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office.

It was an open race because current Sheriff Dave Zoellner did not seek re-election.

“I’m very excited about being given this opportunity,” Dedeke said.

He said serving as sheriff will be a great opportunity to continue to serve the people of Leavenworth County.

Dedeke currently holds the rank of captain in the Sheriff’s Office. He’s been with the department for 20 years.

Dedeke said he has not yet picked a person to serve as his undersheriff. The Republican said he’s been focusing solely on the election.

Dedeke, who is the son of Leavenworth’s mayor, said he didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what to expect going into Tuesday’s election.

“Burdel worked hard,” Dedeke said of his opponent.

And while Welsh had hoped for a different outcome, the Democrat said he enjoyed the experience of campaigning for sheriff.

“I really enjoyed the door-to-door for the most part,” Welsh said.

Welsh said he hopes the campaign brought some issues to the forefront and everyone in the county will benefit from this.