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Deputy chief with Grand Forks Police joins sheriff race

A high ranking member of the Grand Forks Police Department became the latest to announce a campaign for county sheriff Thursday. Deputy Chief Jim Remer is the fifth candidate to announce a bid for Grand Forks County Sheriff and the first to do so...

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A high ranking member of the Grand Forks Police Department became the latest to announce a campaign for county sheriff Thursday.

Deputy Chief Jim Remer is the fifth candidate to announce a bid for Grand Forks County Sheriff and the first to do so from within the Grand Forks Police Department.

A 27-year Grand Forks Police veteran, Remer oversees the department's administrative division, including budgeting, training, human resources, and evidence and records maintenance. He previously led investigations, patrol and operational standards bureaus within the department. Remer has a degree in criminal justices studies from UND.

"During my career, I have had the unique opportunity to lead in a wide variety of areas within the Grand Forks Police Department," Remer said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing this broad range of leadership experience to the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office and to serving the citizens of Grand Forks County. I feel it is critical that we address the current opioid crisis, work diligently on children's advocacy and continue to foster the effective working relationships that I have developed with other agencies over my 27 years in law enforcement."

In the race for sheriff, Remer joins Grand Forks deputies Lt. BJ Maxson and Sgt. Andy Schneider, former Grand Forks Deputy Mike Lee and UND Police Sgt. Danny Weigel, who also serves as a member of the Grand Forks City Council.

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Sheriff Bob Rost said he intends to retire from law enforcement and has announced he will seek election for a seat on the Grand Forks County Commission in 2018.

Candidates cannot officially register with the auditor's office until Jan. 2. The deadline to file as a candidate via petition or party endorsement is April 9. A primary election will be held June 18 before the official election Nov. 6.
Sheriff Rost earns a annual salary of $114,546, according to Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson. Historically, the County Commission has given the past salary to the new sheriff, Nelson said, but they can change the wage.

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