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Burch to run for Cass County sheriff

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Tom Burch has announced his intention to seek election as Cass County sheriff.

Burch, the chief deputy with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, is a 24-year veteran of Cass County law enforcement.

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He has served as chief deputy under Sheriff Randy Fisher for the past 10 years. Fisher has announced that he will retire at the end of this year.

Walker Police Chief Wayne Tennis and Cass County Deputy Sheriff Chris Thompson also have announced their intention to seek the office as sheriff.

Before he was named chief deputy, Burch served eight years as a sergeant with the Sheriff's Office.

"(I) would strive to continue to promote a progressive, innovative and technologically advanced delivery of law enforcement to the citizens of Cass County," Burch said in a release.

Burch said he strongly supports proactive approaches to law enforcement, court services, corrections and communications within the sheriff's office.

He is prepared to continue that approach, he said, due to 18 years of budgetary and supervisory experience within the office. He pledged fiscally responsible budgeting, experience-based planning, and an ongoing integration of technology with daily operations.

Burch has an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a skills-training certificate from Hibbing Community College in Hibbing. He is Post Board certified as a licensed peace officer in Minnesota. He also is a graduate of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Supervisory Management Series.

Burch is a lifelong resident of Cass County and currently resides in the Remer area with his wife, Gina, and their three daughters.

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