WALKER — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch has announced his intention to run for re-election for the office of Cass County Sheriff.
Burch stated it has been an honor to serve the citizens of Cass County and looks forward to the challenges of the next four years as sheriff. Burch was elected sheriff in 2010 and has served with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, for 28 years. Before being sheriff, Burch was chief deputy for 10 years and he served eight years as sergeant.
Under his leadership, he said the sheriff’s office has responded to an increase in calls for service, increased community policing initiatives and department accessibility throughout the county. Burch credits the success of these many initiatives to the dedicated staff who deliver these services. Through cross-training, re assignments and technology, the sheriff’s office has lowered its response time to calls for service. Burch stated the reassignment of two officers to drug investigations has had a positive impact on Cass communities. Burch said he will continue to promote a progressive, innovative, and technologically advanced delivery of law enforcement to the citizens and visitors of Cass County. A countywide records management system upgrade that enables all county and city municipality law enforcement officers to instantly access and share important and vital information is currently underway.
Burch said he has also established many successful new initiatives during his past term as sheriff including; Court security enhancements, communication enhancements, cross-training of staff for a more effective work force, Community Outreach Days, Officers in Schools, Sheriff’s Corner and Teen CERT. Additional programs and partnerships with community groups and organizations continue to be an ongoing priority of the sheriff’s office.
Burch said his capacity to continue to serve during challenging economic times is enhanced by his 21 years of budgetary and supervisory experience within the office. Burch intends to maintain the department’s reputation for progressive law enforcement and adapt departmental goals and priorities to meet the ever-changing and demanding needs of Cass County law enforcement. Burch said he will continue to provide fiscally responsible budgeting, experience-based planning and an ongoing integration of technology with daily operations to provide fair and equal law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of Cass County.
Burch has an associate of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a skills training certificate from Hibbing Community College. 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 and the National Institute of Sheriffs.
Burch is a lifelong resident of Cass County and lives in Remer with his wife, Gina. They have three daughters, one in high school and two in college.