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Fillmore County Sheriff candidacy announcement


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Government

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Rochester Police Shift Commander, Lt. Tom Kaase announces his candidacy for Fillmore County Sheriff. He has served with the Rochester Police Department for the past 18 years in the capacities of patrolman, community policing officer, investigator, narcotics investigator assigned to the Southeastern Minnesota Drug Task Force, sergeant, and now currently lieutenant. Previously to Rochester, he served with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department for over 11.5 years as a dispatcher/jailer, deputy, investigator, D.A.R.E. officer, and sergeant. While at Fillmore County, he worked for the cities of Preston, Harmony, Mabel, and Chatfield as a patrol officer.

A continuous Fillmore County resident for over 50 years, Kaase’s public service is not only limited to law enforcement. He is a former Preston ambulance member, served on the Kingsland School Board for nine years, and is currently in his second term as a Fillmore County Commissioner serving District 1. As a Fillmore County Commissioner, Commissioner Kaase serves as chair of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Public Safety Committee (representing all 87 counties), the AMC Futures Committee, the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Task Force (convened by the Supreme Court Justice), the State Radio Board, the Regional Radio Board, Chair of the Legislative Committee for the State Radio Board, and numerous other committees both law enforcement and non-law enforcement related.

Kaase received his Law Enforcement Degree from Rochester Community College. He has attended the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Management series. He has also attended the FBI Leadership and Supervision Training. In his almost 30 years in law enforcement, he has attended a multitude of other trainings and classes.

Kaase’s reason for running Fillmore County Sheriff? “I began my career in law enforcement in November of 1984, almost 30 years ago, with Fillmore County as a dispatcher/jailer and would like to come full-circle and complete it by being the next Fillmore County Sheriff. The capacities I have served in at Fillmore County, the Rochester Police Department, as a Kingsland Board member, and as a Fillmore County Commissioner has afforded me the real life training and experience that I believe are unmatched and make me the best candidate for Sheriff. My leadership philosophies are simple: Professionalism, Fairness, and Customer Service! In all the people I have supervised, I’ve asked the following: treat those that you deal with respectfully; and any job or task that you do, do as you would want done for yourself, your family, or your friends”. Kaase points out issues that Fillmore County will be facing in the future, which include our jails future, our communication systems (the 800 radios and the broadband questions that are looming), diversity, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT, dealing with people in emotional and mental distress). All of these areas Kaase has already been involved in and has been instrumental in the decision making process that’s already taking place.

Kaase and his wife of almost 30 years, Dorle Grindland Kaase, live in rural Fillmore County. They have a son, Kaine Kaase, who is a third generation police officer. Kaine has a son, Payton, who his grandparents are very proud of. Tom Kaase can be reached at 507-421-1290 for questions and comments and also be sure to check out “kaaseforsheriff” on Facebook.

Prepared and paid for by Tom Kaase, Racine MN 55967, On his own behalf.

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