BELTRAMI COUNTY: Faver will not seek re-election
BEMIDJI -- After 25 years as Beltrami County Attorney, Tim Faver announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this fall.
Faver, who has held the job since 1989, said now is the right time to hand over the reins after 30 years with the office. Faver will continue to serve until January, when a new county attorney will be sworn in.
Advocating for crime victims, promoting public safety and holding people accountable for their actions are benchmarks of the job, Faver said, and he took those responsibilities seriously through the years and continues to do so today.
"It is incumbent for the county attorney's office to be an independent office that represents victims of crime, and I think Tim has done of really good job in that," Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said. "I hope he enjoys a long and happy and healthy retirement after many years of public service, of devoted public service."
Faver's roots to Beltrami County run deep. His family homesteaded was in the county in the early 1900s. Faver's father was in the military, so the family moved around quite a bit, he said. He returned to the area after attending high school elsewhere, he added. He earned his bachelor's degree at Moorhead State in 1975 and his law degree in at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1979.
Faver was an assistant county attorney for Pennington County in Thief River Falls for several years before moving to Bemidji in 1982 and started working for the county attorney's office in 1983, he said.
With countless cases through the years, Faver said he couldn't single out just one case. He said the main focus was always trying to do what's right for the victims of crimes and also for county citizens.
However, Faver did say one highlight of his tenure actually wasn't a criminal case. Rather, it was Beltrami County's move to enact a smoke free ordinance. When it was passed in 2005, Beltrami County was only the second Minnesota county to enact a smoke free ordinance and the first rural county. State legislators eventually instituted a statewide smoke free ordinance in 2007.
County Attorney is a high-profile office that is open to a lot of scrutiny and criticism from the public. Through the years, Faver said, he tried his best to inform the public about the American court system.
It is important "county government and the county prosecutor spend the time to help the public understand how the system works, the good and the bad," he said. "We are not a perfect system, and you need to spend time with people and honestly answer their questions."
Annie Claesson-Huseby, who has worked with Faver for the past 10 years, and has served as chief assistant county attorney since 2006, said Faver was a strong boss.
"It has been a real joy to serve Beltrami County with him," she said. "He really believes in the cause of the office. Tim loves Beltrami County and he has served it well."
Claesson-Huseby announced her candidacy Wednesday for the County Attorney's office.