I grew up in Mounds View, MN and attended Irondale High School where I played soccer and hockey. I met my soul-mate, Angie and we married in 1992. About 30 days later I enrolled at Bethel University where I studied Spanish/Secondary Education and Coaching while playing soccer and hockey collegiately. In 1994, I spent time living with a family in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico honing my Spanish skills.
After a few years of teaching Spanish and coaching, a single ride-along with a dear friend and Arlington Police Officer ignited my passion for police work. I became an Arlington Police Officer in 1999 and soon became a midnight beat cop in the city of 300,000. Serving as a Spanish translator and becoming a defensive tactics instructor, I was applying the knowledge of some very talented officers and "coming into my own" as a skilled officer. I earned a number of awards, including a nomination for officer of the year in 2002. Soon after, I was promoted to detective in the gang unit and I worked with Spanish-speaking gangs. Some of the highlight cases included: murder, criminal attempt murder, aggravated assault, criminal sexual assault, human trafficking and numerous low-level property crimes (graffiti, damage to property, theft).
In 2004 we returned home to Minnesota and I entered the MN State Patrol academy. Upon graduation I was assigned to the Pine City station. I hit the ground running and began to immerse myself in the community as a coach of all kinds of things. As a trooper, my street cop experience was utilized in detecting and arresting crimes associated with the illegal drug industry. Within a few years, I had earned the reputation as a top drug cop and was awarded a canine. Skippy and I worked hard and stayed busy with our own finds and by helping many task forces around the state. Skippy was a great dope dog and we achieved national and regional recognition for our ability to find drugs both on the street and in competition. A few of our cases rose to the federal level and we proved our worth with convictions in each of those 3 cases.
Angie and I raised our family of 3 children while I worked rotating shifts and coached high school hockey. I retained my substitute teaching license and worked in Rush City, Pine City and the Visions school here and there. Having hockey in my blood, I served as a board member for our Pine City Youth Hockey program and held a number of positions including vice-president and president during my 8 year tenure. I was also teaching cadets at the State Patrol Academy in various disciplines including Spanish, defensive tactics and criminal interdiction
2020 changed policing. Protectors' Peak was established and we poured ourselves into helping 1st responders with post-traumatic stress at a ranch in Idaho. After watching good cops struggle with their purpose, have relationship troubles and cycling out of their chosen profession, the non-profit, faith-based retreat center was exactly what was needed and I'm proud and honored to be part of it.
2020 ushered in a monumental shift in law enforcement with Minnesota at ground zero. I am committed to professional policing and helping our Sheriff's Office employees stay in the game to be the best public servants for our citizens. My wife and I (far right) work with Protectors' Peak, a PTS(D) non-profit.
It's a hot-button topic and for good reason. Our kids' and teachers' safety should be a top priority. With simple adjustments in call prioritization we should have multiple deputies directed to school incidents. Having shared access to video surveillance would assist in a law enforcement response and could be easily accomplished. Fina
It's a hot-button topic and for good reason. Our kids' and teachers' safety should be a top priority. With simple adjustments in call prioritization we should have multiple deputies directed to school incidents. Having shared access to video surveillance would assist in a law enforcement response and could be easily accomplished. Finally, having a school resource officer work closely with school counselors and administrators will help identify and intervene when students display what are considered "warning signs". Intervention is the goal.
We've lost people to their addictions. We've saved them from their addictions as well. Proactive drug enforcement is necessary and should be encouraged as a means to intervene, correct, rehabilitate and incarcerate. This is not a problem that will solve itself. The deputies and investigators are blessed with a powerhouse county attorn
We've lost people to their addictions. We've saved them from their addictions as well. Proactive drug enforcement is necessary and should be encouraged as a means to intervene, correct, rehabilitate and incarcerate. This is not a problem that will solve itself. The deputies and investigators are blessed with a powerhouse county attorney's office that is willing to prosecute these dangerous cases and obtain the best outcome for defendants. Many times that means rehabilitation and diversion. Other times that means prison. The expectation for drug dealers is the latter.
Policing is under attack. Public servants sustain stress at levels never before seen. I love police work and I love cops. They need support and encouragement from inside the agency as well as from the community. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness are of the highest importance for our employees. The Sheriff sets the cul
Policing is under attack. Public servants sustain stress at levels never before seen. I love police work and I love cops. They need support and encouragement from inside the agency as well as from the community. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness are of the highest importance for our employees. The Sheriff sets the culture and I intend to work with various entities to establish plans and policies that go above and beyond the industry standard in maintaining our employees' wellness.
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Being a good cop should be a prerequisite for running a police agency. My 17 years serving alongside Pine County Sheriff's Office personnel along with 5 years of metropolitan police experience has prepared me to lead the Pine County Sheriff's Office. I've served in investigations, K9, trainer/instructor, mentor, SWAT and I'm a Spanish-speaker. We have experienced tragedy and continue to heal. I've been on the front lines of a nationally televised protest and performed professionally under pressure. I've had to summon the courage to deliver horrible news to relatives of deadly crashes and incidents. I've had the indescribable joy of saving lives. Big-city experience, small town values.
Leadership by example, by earned recognition and by personality are some of my attributes. As a lifetime coach, teacher and mentor, I've combined a strong work ethic with integrity and character to establish a reputation as effective and mission-oriented. There will always be problems; I find solutions. Networking and using all available resources is a key component of leading the Sheriff's Office. I've worked with local, state and federal agencies and will continue to maintain those relationships as Sheriff.
Servants do just that: serve. Whether it has been coaching youth and high school sports, presiding over a board of directors for youth sports or now currently fully engaged in helping 1st responders through their personal battles, my heart is about serving our citizens. And in today's climate, serving our servants themselves. In order to lead, you must first serve.
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