Chris Thompson announces Cass County Sheriff candidacy
Lieutenant Chris Thompson recently announced his plans to run for Cass County Sheriff.
BEMIDJI — Lieutenant Chris Thompson has served with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years and has recently announced his intention to run for sheriff in the 2022 general election.
The announcement follows the recent news that Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch will not be seeking reelection.
Thompson has worked in multiple aspects of law enforcement throughout his career and is currently serving as the Cass County Jail Administrator.
“I am well qualified and welcome the challenges of being the next sheriff,” Thompson said in a release. “I will work tirelessly to continue our outstanding service to the residents of Cass County.”
Thompson has been a lifelong resident of Cass County and is a 1994 graduate of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School. He continues to live in Walker where he and his wife Katie raised their son and two daughters.
He graduated from Hibbing Community College with an associate degree in Law Enforcement, and since then has instructed courses on topics such as the use of force, defensive tactics and active shooter situations.
Over the last eight years, Thompson has studied leadership development through different programs and he hopes to bring that experience with him to the office of sheriff.
“Being elected the Cass County Sheriff has been my goal since the beginning of my career. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked for sheriffs that believed in me and invested in my future," he said. "Over the past 25 years, they allowed and provided for my extensive training and experience. In doing so they have been preparing me for the road ahead and assisting me in achieving my goal of becoming sheriff."
Thompson has also completed the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s “Supervision and Management” series and “Senior Management” series as well as the Institute for Credible Leadership Development program offered through the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, the release said.
“I will continue to work collaboratively with all agencies, leaders, government entities and public organizations to continue and improve our role in today’s ever-evolving criminal justice system,” Thomspon said. “I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming months on my quest in becoming your next sheriff.”