Lasher never dreamed he'd become chief deputy
When 50-year-old Dennis Lasher was a young boy, seeing the squad cars run with red lights and sirens was pretty cool.
Lasher, who grew up in Deerwood, was always drawn to the law enforcement uniforms and for the past 21 years he has worn that uniform proudly in the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
Lasher has worked his way up the ladder in the sheriff’s office for the past two decades, starting as a patrol deputy — patrolling the streets and responding first hand to various calls — to his current role as chief deputy, the second commander in charge of overall general operations, serving as Sheriff Todd Dahl’s right hand man.
Lasher has had a good six months as the chief deputy and said things are going well.
“I was a little shocked of becoming the chief deputy after being in law enforcement for 21 years,” said Lasher. “I didn’t think I would be sitting in this chair, it was never one of my goals. But I worked hard and have landed where they needed me to be.
“I am proud to be the chief deputy and proud to serve the citizens in Crow Wing County.”
Lasher said the sheriff’s office administration team is strong and balanced, which makes his job much easier.
Lasher, who graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1983, earned his law enforcement degree from Alexandria Technical College in 1992 and got the job with the county that same year. He worked as a patrol deputy from 1992 to 2003; was a patrol sergeant from 2003-2007; patrol lieutenant from 2007 to being named the chief deputy on Oct. 31, 2013.
Lasher has served in multiple capacities, including being the lieutenant and commander of the Uniformed Patrol Division and the Tactical Response Team and Training Division.
Lasher said his experience on the tactical team, that involves multi-jurisdictions, is one of his biggest strengths through his career. Lasher said his military background helped him serve on the tactical team because of his self-discipline. Lasher said he likes things to be organized and he makes an extra effort to get things done right.
Lasher was in the Army and served in the 984th Military Police Company.
Lasher said those on the tactical team are highly trained to handle a variety of dangerous situations, such as high risk searches and arrest warrants.
Lasher said over his law enforcement career, one of his favorite divisions in the sheriff’s office was being a patrol deputy because he enjoyed patrolling the streets and meeting people. Lasher said currently there are 22 people in the patrol division.
Lasher said one of his goals as chief deputy is to get more acquainted with the jail operations.
Lasher also is a firearms instructor for law enforcement and is an avid outdoorsman.
“I am heavily involved in firearms,” said Lasher. “I work with weapons for work and for sport. I love to bow hunt and have shot archery competitively.”
Lasher is married to Deb and they have three grown children. They live in Baxter.