DAKOTA CITY -- Chris Kleinberg was the overwhelming winner of the Dakota County sheriff's job in a field of three candidates but no incumbent.

Kleinberg defeated30-year incumbent Sheriff Jim Wagner, a  fellow Republican, in the primary.

On Tuesday he defeated a late-filing fellow law enforcement officer, Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Bos. Bos got on the ballot by petition after the primary election, also competing for the job with primary election write-in candidate Dick Erickson, a Democrat, who far surpassed the required number of votes to advance to Tuesday's election.

Kleinberg, a South Sioux City native, is the current Thurston County sheriff, something that was on his mind Tuesday as he lingered in the courtroom where the election results were being posted on a large screen as each of the county's 14 wards' ballots were tallied.

"It's very good to have it over," he said, noting that he now had three key issues to address when he becomes Dakota County sheriff in January: finish his term in Thurston County, improve morale and camaraderie in the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and reach out to the other counties and to other law enforcement agencies in Siouxland.

Kleinberg campaigned on promises of more cooperation with neighboring cities and counties in the tri-state area and even across the nation.