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Jesse F. Jahner

Cass County Sheriff




  • Fargo North High School – 1991.
  • North Dakota State University – 1997.Bachelor of Science Humanities and Social Sciences with Criminal Justice emphasis.

    Professional Leadership Education

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) 2012.
  • National Tactical Officers Association Training Management and Critical Incident Risk Mitigation 2015.
  • Department of Homeland Security National Leadership Academy Session #3, 2017.
  • Dale Carnegie Leadership Training – Skills for Success 2017.
  • FEMA – Preparing the Whole Community for a Complex Coordinated Attack 2018.
  • FBI Supervisor Leadership Institute 2020.
  • FBI Command Leadership Institute 2020.
  • FBI Executive Leadership Institute 2020.
  • National Command and Staff College Session #10, 2021.

    Current Law Enforcement Duties

    Cass County Sheriff’s Office: 1998 to present year

  • Elected as Cass County Sheriff 2019 to Present.
  • Second Vice Chair Dakota Territories Sheriff’s Association.
  • Red River Regional Dispatch Center.
    • Board Member - Chair the Emergency Communications Committee.
  • Crime Victim Services Board.
    • Board Member
  • North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board 2017 to present.
    • Board Member

    Past Law Enforcement Duties

  • Correctional Officer May 1998 to 2000.
  • Deputy Patrol Division January 2000 to 2006.
  • Task Force Officer Cass County Drug Task Force 2006 to 2010.
  • Detective in Investigations Division 2006 to 2011.
  • Sergeant of Patrol Division and Investigative Division 2011.
  • Sergeant of Training Division 2011 to 2015.
  • Commander Cass County Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) 2011 to 2013.
  • Commander Cass County Sheriff’s Office Airboat Search and Rescue Team 2011 to 2016.
  • Chair of Cass County Sheriff’s Office Use of Force Committee 2013 to 2019.
  • Board Member Fargo Regional Training Center Board of Directors 2016 to 2020.
  • Sergeant Metro Area Street Crimes Unit 2015 to 2016.
  • Red River Valley SWAT Team 2002 to 2019, Last position held - Assistant Commander.
  • Captain Cass County Sheriff’s Office 2016 to 2019.
  • In August 2016 appointed Captain of Cass County Sheriff’s Office Field Services Division
    • Supervise Department Emergency Preparations, Patrol Division, School Resource Deputy Program, Department Training, Department Use of Force Deployments, Special Operations including Fugitive Recovery and Metro Area Street Crimes Unit Deputies, and Red River Valley SWAT.


    Law Enforcement Special Assignments and Related Career Experience:

  • Sturgis Police Department, Special Officer assigned to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2008 and 2009.
  • Forward Operations Search and Rescue Commander during the Morton/Burleigh County Flood 2011.
  • Forward Operations Search and Rescue Commander during the Ward County Flood 2011.
  • Forward Operations Commander during the Cass County Flood Efforts 2009, 2011.
  • Forward Operations Commander Morton County during the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests 2016, 2017


    Professional Education & Training:

    Includes more than 2,900 hours of specialized or continuing education since becoming a licensed Law Enforcement Officer in 2000. 

    North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy 2000.

  • Basic SWAT Tactics Course 2002.
  • North Dakota POST Board Methods of Instruction Police Instructor School 2003.
  • HSS Aircraft Interdiction Training 2003.
  • HSS Airport Interdiction Training 2003.
  • Advanced SWAT and Hostage Rescue 2004.
  • Criminal Investigation School 2004.
  • Criminal Investigations Narcotics Investigation School 2006.
  • Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Investigation School 2006.
  • Pursuit Emergency Response Driving 2006.
  • Midwest HIDTA Counterdrug Interdiction School 2007.
  • Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Lab School 2009.
  • Law Enforcement Advanced Development Training on Barricaded Gunmen, High Risk Warrant Service, Hostage Rescue and Suicide Bomber 2010.

Instructor Certifications:

Provided over 2200 hours of POST training hours to licensed police officers in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.  State of North Dakota Certified Police Instructor. IADLEST Nationally Certified Police Instructor. Certified Instructor in the following disciplines.

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Basic.
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations/High Speed Pursuit Driving.
  • Hostage Rescue.
  • Active Shooter.
  • Basic Room Clearing.
  • High Risk Vehicle Assaults.
  • Crime Scene Awareness.
  • Handgun Manipulation.
  • Firearms Instruction.
  • Tubular and Bus Take Back Tactics.
  • Taser Instructor.
  • Use of Force Instructor.
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor.
  • Close Quarters Countermeasures Instructor.
  • Specialty Impact, Less Lethal and Chemical Munitions Instructor (NTOA).

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