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Jason Riggs announces Beltrami County Sheriff candidacy

Captain Jason Riggs of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office has announced his intention to run for Beltrami County Sheriff in 2022.

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BEMIDJI — Jason Riggs, a law enforcement officer with more than 21 years of experience, has announced his candidacy for Beltrami County Sheriff in the upcoming 2022 election.

Riggs is a captain with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, where he has worked for the past 18 years. He has also served as the commander of the Headwaters SWAT team since 2012.

“I am seeking the office of Beltrami County Sheriff for one reason: to serve,” Riggs said in a release announcing his candidacy. “I value my community and its people and I believe they deserve a quality leader who will stand with them to make Beltrami County a safer place to live, work and thrive.”

Prior to his work with the sheriff’s office, Riggs also worked with the Deer River and Leech Lake Police Departments and was the police chief of Blackduck’s department from 2002 to 2004.

He also has experience holding public office as the former mayor of Blackduck, where he had also served as a city council member.


In addition to his work in law enforcement, Riggs is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Riggs also attended the 247th session of the FBI National Academy in 2011 of which less than 5% of law enforcement leaders are able to attend, the release said.

“I look forward to meeting with the great citizens of this county and beyond to discuss my plans to make Beltrami County communities safer by including area leaders in problem-solving and educating our area youth to make healthy and positive life choices, which in turn will result in the next generation of community leaders,” Riggs said.

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