Welcome to the Jesse Jahner for Cass County Sheriff Re-Election Page
Welcome to the Jesse Jahner for Cass County Sheriff Re-Election Page
Jesse Jahner attended the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum this month. If you missed it you can watch it on Facebook at the below URL or on their YouTube Page.
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The Jahner For Sheriff Crew was in Horace for Bean Days. Jesse also attended their Pancake feed, car show, and played in the Horace Fire vs Sheriffs Office softball game.
The Jahner For Sheriff Crew including Retired Cass County Sheriff Paul D Laney attended Kindred Days festivities and parade.
Today the Jahner For Sheriff Crew took part in the Harwood-A-Rama Parade and Car Show. Jesse was also asked to help Judge the Car Show.
A committee of Jahner For Sheriff supporters held a fundraiser on August 4th at the Oak Grove Park. We had a great turn out and there was a steady stream of people throughout the night even with so many activities going on. Thank you for all the support and spending your evening with us on the 4th. Thank you to the committee for putting on this successful and fun event for us.
We attended the Swanks Car Show in Casselton Thursday night and are looking forward to the Casselton Summerfest Grand Parade tomorrow!
The Jahner For Sheriff Crew was out at Bonanzaville for their 4th of July Parade. It was packed as usual. We were happy to take part in this fun family friendly event and hand out freezies to the kiddos.
Last week Jesse was interviewed on "The Truck" 103.9. If you missed it you can listen to his interview here: https://www.mixcloud.com/BAnder317/cass-co-sheriff-jesse-jahner-0609/
- Jahner For Sheriff Committee
Sheriff Jahner's response to the Casselton Reporter Questions:
Casselton Reporter: Please Introduce yourself.
Jesse's Answer: I grew up in a law enforcement and military family. My Grandpa was the Sheriff in Emmons County North Dakota, and my dad was a full-time member of the Army National Guard of which he retired after thirty-five years of service. I graduated High School from Fargo North High in 1991 and attended North Dakota State University where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences Emphasis in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating I accepted a position with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in May of 1998 where I have been employed ever since. I am married to my wife Tonya, and we have two dogs, Trooper who we adopted, and Koda. We have not been successful in having children. I have sponsored two children, Tsion and Birtukan from Ethiopia since 2017 through my church and Compassion International providing financial support so they both could attend school and be provided with basic daily needs.
Casselton Reporter: Why are you Choosing to run for Cass County Sheriff?
Jesse's Answer: I have served as your Cass County Sheriff for the past three years and am seeking re-election to serve another term. I believe in servant leadership. Growing up in this community, I am 100% vested in serving to keep Cass County safe, and a great place to raise a family. As your elected Sheriff I work directly for you the citizens. I will continue to work hard to earn your trust and protect your constitutional rights. Over the past three years my team and I have worked hard to move our agency in positive, forward-thinking direction. I have worked to increase pay and benefits for our staff while remaining fiscally responsible. We have continued to add additional training in order to provide a high level of public safety. We have worked to earn your trust by building strong community partnerships while remaining transparent. We have trained with our rural first responders, schools, businesses to help prepare for critical incident response. These are challenging times for law enforcement. Whether it is coming up with strategies to prevent criminal activity, finding strategies to better deal with addiction and mental health issues, or working towards changing the perception of the law enforcement profession we have accepted the challenge. When there is adversity there is opportunity and now is a great time to be a leader to initiate positive change.
Casselton Reporter: What best qualifies you to be Sheriff?
Jesse's Answer: Experience and Education. Over my time at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, I have had the opportunity to serve in all capacities of law enforcement which has given me the experience to understand all divisions inside our organization. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has approximately 240 employees when fully staffed and an approximate twenty-four-million-dollar budget. The Sheriff needs to have a working knowledge of all divisions within the organization to effectively lead the office. I have worked in corrections, patrol, investigations, and narcotics. I have supervised our patrol and investigations division, the metro area street crimes unit, our school resource deputies, public information officer, training, special operations and was the Assistant Commander of the Red River Valley SWAT Team. I have extensive leadership training through attending the International Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations Training, the Department of Homeland Security’s Leadership Academy, FBI’s Supervisor-Command and Executive Leadership Institute, National Tactical Officers Critical Incident Risk Mitigation Training, and have attended the National Command and Staff Law Enforcement Leadership College. I am a State and National Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Peace Officer Standards and Training Board Member, Crime Victim Services Board Member, Regional Dispatch Board Member, and I serve as Vice Chair of the Dakota Territories Sheriff’s Association.
Casselton Reporter: What do you believe are the most important issues currently facing the Cass County Sheriff’s Office?
Jesse's Answer: The biggest challenges facing the Cass County Sheriff’s Office currently are nationwide law enforcement staffing shortages and inadequate space needs at the jail. Both of which are currently impacting us. Nationwide law enforcement has been facing law enforcement staffing shortages. Incarceration space needs have also become more prevalent as we are starting to see more challenges with increased mental health issues and addiction issues.
Casselton Reporter: If elected how do you plan to address the issues you identified as most important?
Jesse's Answer: My team and I have worked diligently on recruitment and retention strategies over the past year. I have worked with our commissioners to look for ways to increase pay and benefits while remaining fiscally responsible. We have added hiring bonuses and a higher starting wage. We have formed a recruitment and retention team to come up with strategies to improve in these areas. We have also worked to be more efficient and speed up our hiring process. The jail faced some challenges during the pandemic, and we continue to struggle with space needs as we deal with increased mental health issues and addiction issues. The current design of the jail does not accommodate some of these incarceration needs. I am currently working with commissioners to come up with a solution for more space. In addition, I am working with legislators at a state level to come up with statewide solutions for mental health and addiction services and additional beds at the state hospital level. In order to maintain public safety, we need to have the proper space to incarcerate those who commit criminal offenses and victimize our citizens.
Grand Forks County Sheriff Schneider endorses Sheriff Jesse Jahner! What an honor!
The Fargo Forum and League of Women Voters teamed up to ask Candidates in local elections questions which were then posted to https://www.vote411.org/ . To see both Sheriff Candidates responses you can type in your address and it will bring you to your local election selections.
Our Sheriff Jahner's answers are as follows:
1) Why are you the best Candidate for the Position?
During the past three years as Sheriff my team and I have led during a flood, pandemic, times of civil unrest, and a shortage of law enforcement applicants. I have worked hard to build community trust, transparency, and partnerships. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from NDSU, numerous law enforcement leadership courses, and I serve on several boards. I have both worked and supervised in all areas of law enforcement. Legislatively, I have advocated for public safety in our community.
2) What is the biggest issue facing the Sheriff's Department right now and how would you address it?
Staffing shortages and inadequate space needs at the jail are our two biggest challenges. As Sheriff I have worked with our commissioners to increase wages and add sign on bonuses while maintaining a balanced budget. In addition my team and I started a recruiting team to help attract applicants. I also, worked with commissioners to study future space needs in the jail for public safety and our growing community. This includes behavioral and/or health needs of those who are staying in the jail.
3) Are there any procedures you would implement to improve or maintain transparency in the Sheriff's Department activities? Transparency is very important in earning the publics trust. As your Sheriff I have worked on a number of ways to increase transparency in our community. My staff and I have implemented body cameras, have resumed our citizens academy, present monthly law enforcement information at our Adopt a Community meetings, post regularly to our social media platforms, and give regular presentations to various groups in our community. Additionally we put out an annual report of Sheriff's Office activities.
4) How would you describe your leadership style and how does that qualify you for the position of Sheriff? I would describe myself as forward-thinking, a leader by example, a servant leader, and mentor. I believe those in leadership positions should lead by example in order to show others you are part of the team and willing to do the same things they are expected to do. Servant leaders are willing to serve for the wellbeing of the community and the growth of others. Coaching and mentoring involves listening to others and helping them succeed in their roles.
5) Are there any areas of the Sheriff's Department Budget that you would streamline or optimize?
I am very proud that over the first three years of my term as Sheriff we have not had any major budget increases prior to this year. Still we have remained progressive in terms of training, education, equipment and personnel increases. We have been fiscally responsible while still maintaining a high level of public safety. We have seen some increases in overtime but that is largely due to the nation wide shortages of law enforcement candidates.
The Jahner For Sheriff Crew attended the Casselton Fire Convention Parade last week. The Fire Fighters were kind enough to let us tag-along and hand out freezies to the kids in attendance. Photos of our event are on our website (see Casselton Fire Parade Gallery).
Jesse received another great endorsement from Jason DuBord who is the Kindred Mayor.
Sheriff Jesse Jahner received the North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 Endorsement at their May 2022 meeting. Jesse also received this endorsement back in 2018. Jesse wants to thank all the Fraternal Order of Police members for their continued support!
Letter of Recommendation for Sheriff Jesse Jahner
I have known and worked with Sheriff Jahner over the last several years in a personal and professional capacity. I have always been impressed with Sheriff Janner’s ability to lead the people and to develop positive relationships in his professional and private life. Sheriff Jahner likes to work collaboratively, and always does what is best for the community, the Sheriff’s Office, and the people he leads. As a past Cass County Resident, I am proud to say that Sheriff Jahner will continue to strive to make the office, the county, and the state a better place to live and work.
Sheriff Jahner has a wide range of skills and aptitude necessary to be the Sheriff of Cass County. He is first and foremost a good person with a high moral compass. He cares about community and has the highest integrity. When he makes decisions, he takes into consideration how it will impact the community and makes decisions accordingly. Sheriff Jahner is a highly skilled law enforcement officer and leader in policing. This was very apparent when I worked with him during the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests and setting up special operations. Sheriff Jahner takes pride in training others, so they possess the necessary skills to be effective deputy’s/officers and leaders. When I seek his advice on issues ranging from general police topics, special operations, or a school resource officer program, I know I will get the best advice possible.
I give my highest recommendation to Sheriff Jahner without reservation. He is an exceptional leader and great public servant.
Yesterday, Sheriff Jahner was interviewed on the Down the Road podcast with Joel Heitkamp. Please follow the link to view the interview: https://youtu.be/oY7uT7kofwk.
Hello Jahner For Sheriff supporters. Due to the high demand for Jahner For Sheriff shirts we have decided to do another Group Order. We added a few extra designs based on supporters requests. This group order will close on April 29th. If you order some Jahner For Sheriff gear in the first group order those should be delivered around April 26th, 2022. To order in the 2nd group click on the link or paste this URL in your search bar: https://www.customink.com/g/gvn0-00ck-9wwc?pc=TXN-173480&utm_campaign=gof_org_open&utm_content=body_gof2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=gof_org_txn
Good Morning. Update for this week. Signatures were turned in this past week and they have already been verified. Jesse Jahner will be on the ballot for the June Primary Election. Jesse has received two endorsements so far for this years campaign. Retired Fargo Police Chief David Todd and Retired Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney. The video endorsement is on Jesse's campaign page Jahner For Sheriff on Facebook if you would like to see it.
Campaign Update: Thank you to all who have already ordered shirts. It turns out they are quite popular. The group order for the shirts will close on April 11th 2022. After the order closes they will process the shirt orders and get them mailed out to all who ordered. Jesse has been busy (as always) attending community events. He recently attended the Toppers Car Show in West Fargo, Argusville Fire Department Pancake Fundraiser, Kindred Fire Department Prime Rib Fundraiser, Page Fire Department Fundraiser, and the Buffalo Pancake Fundraiser. If you know of any events that you think he would like to attend please don't hesitate to reach out firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ordered a yard sign our team will get one out to you a little closer to election. Again, thank you for the outpouring of support! We will send out another update in the near future. - Jahner For Sheriff Committee
We are putting in a group order. You can order your shirts directly from the company with them being shipped directly to your residence. You can order here: https://www.customink.com/g/gvn0-00cj-w47m
Thank you for your Support!
Jesse needs 300 signatures to get on the ballot in June. The team has started gathering signatures from Cass County residents and supporters.
Jesse Jahner announces his Re-Election Campaign for Cass County Sheriff in 2023. Vote Jahner For Sheriff in 2022.