Crow Wing County deputy Pickar announces run for sheriff
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Pickar announced he will run for sheriff in the November election. Pickar, 41, Baxter, has been with the sheriff's office for more than 20 years, serving numerous capacities, and has also worked for police de...
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Pickar announced he will run for sheriff in the November election.
Pickar, 41, Baxter, has been with the sheriff's office for more than 20 years, serving numerous capacities, and has also worked for police departments around the Brainerd lakes area. Pickar spent seven years with the Crosby Police Department. He currently works part-time as a police officer for the Pequot Lakes Police Department. He is also deputy chief for the Cuyuna Police Department, where he supervises six police officers. Pickar said working collaboratively with city officials in Cuyuna as an administrator helped him understand there is a greater need in the sheriff's office to serve all the residents of Crow Wing County.
"The main reason why I am running is I am a leader dedicated to our community," Pickar said. "It's been a dream of mine, something I'm passionate about and wanted to do for a long time. I'm a lifelong resident of Crow Wing County and I'm dedicated to the community.
"My roots are here. I'm a student athlete who graduated from Brainerd High School. I'm a husband and father raising children in our community. I'm a volunteer and servant leader here and active in the community. Community outreach is (one) of my future goals and I'm already doing it. I work alongside many of our community leaders and want to be sheriff to continue working collaboratively with them on the community needs in the Brainerd lakes area."
Pickar began working with the sheriff's office in 1996 as an intern. He worked as a correctional officer in the Crow Wing County Jail, worked as a deputy in the boat and water division and was a 911 dispatcher. Pickar also was a school resource officer for the Pequot Lakes and Crosby school districts and served as the contract deputy for Emily.
Pickar spent four years as an operator and sniper on the Tactical Response Team and was promoted to investigator in 2004-06, working as a narcotics agent, assigned to the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division.
Pickar was assigned to the K-9 Unit for 12 years, working with K-9s Nike and Oakley. Pickar owns CanAm Tactical K9 LLC and has since 2008, where he trains and consults with law enforcement officers in police service canine programs.
"I'm passionate and a huge supporter of police canines," Pickar said. "K-9s are a proven asset in search and rescue and being a criminal deterrent in our communities. I've listened to our deputies, police officers and elected officials in our county who believe the sheriff's office should be supplying that resource to the citizens of Crow Wing County."
Pickar has a vision for the sheriff's office taking on a collaborative role to ensure all law enforcement agencies in the county receive needed training and access to resources they don't currently have.
"I've been a deputy on patrol for most of my career and I've listened to the concerns of the citizens, of the city and township officials and they want more visibility, which means getting more boots on the ground, tires on the pavement. To address those community concerns of shortening response time, that drugs are a problem, traffic is a problem and they want to know there is law enforcement out there patrolling outside the areas of Brainerd and Baxter.
"Overall, we are all one community underneath an umbrella in Crow Wing County. We need more open communication to foster relationships with social resources and more collaborations among our county and city resources."
Pickar's interest in law enforcement began at a young age. In high school, he joined the Boy Scout Explorer program through the sheriff's office, where he received law enforcement training from deputies, some of whom are still with the sheriff's office. His father, Tim Pickar, was a 29-year veteran of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. His father also was in the military for more than two decades and watching his father serve his country was something Pickar respected and was proud of, he said. Pickar, a 1994 BHS graduate, enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard after high school and served his country for seven years.
Pickar earned his associates of applied science degree in law enforcement in 1996 at Alexandria Technical College. Pickar was a Hibbing Community College instructor from 2002-12, where he taught law enforcement students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Pickar completed the police management and supervision training through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in 2006. Then in 2016, he completed the Chief of Police Associations' courses in officer leadership and development; and attended the Leadership Academy at Camp Ripley.
Pickar and his wife Angie have two daughters Chayse, 16, and Iyana, 13, who are students in the Brainerd School District. The family is a member of All Saints Catholic Church.
In the community, Pickar is involved in the Relay for Life, Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge, Toys for Kids, Brainerd Sports Boosters, youth athletics as a coach, Sertoma Sunrise Club, Fraternal Order of Police, Brainerd Lakes YMCA Board of Directors, past president of the United States Police Canine Association; Region 12, Soup Kitchen volunteer, a National Rifle Association member and is a past member of Kiwanis Club.
According to a news release submitted to the Dispatch, Pickar's longtime friend Troy Schreifels stated, "What I most appreciate about Pat is his willingness to get involved. A good way to know the pulse of the community is to volunteer, and he exemplifies that. He is sincere and genuine in his intentions."
Crow Wing County now has a contested race for sheriff in the upcoming election. Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office announced his run for sheriff this past November-bringing the number of sheriff candidates to two. Sheriff Todd Dahl already announced he will retire at the end of this year.