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There's A New Sheriff In Town

Scott Goddard was sworn in as Crow Wing County Sheriff Wednesday night in the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium. A lifelong resident of Crow Wing County, Goddard walked the halls of the school years ago, although during that time, a referendum passed and money was going to either build a swimming pool or an auditorium. Goddard quipped, “I really was pushing for here pool, but really in the long run it turned the other way and turned out to be in my advantage.”

Goddard was sworn in by retired Judge David Ten Eyck in front of an audience of many sheriff’s office deputies, correctional officers, 911 dispatchers and office staff. Goddard talked with us after the ceremony to discuss those who were able to attend, and those who could not attend and would have to watch it away from the venue online or on replay.

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Goddard had been elected to fill the position of former Sheriff Todd Dahl following Dahl’s retirement. Again, walking the halls of Pequot Lakes High School was when Goddard said he realized he wanted to have a career in law enforcement. 

He earned his law enforcement certificate in 1993 from the Brainerd Community College; his first law enforcement post was an officer with the Breezy Police Department and he also served as a part-time officer with the Pequot Lakes Police Department. Goddard took a position with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, went back to Breezy Point, then returned to the sheriff’s office. 

Goddard was promoted from patrol deputy to patrol sergeant and assigned to the boat and water division in 2007. Then promoted to lieutenant in 2013, and to captain in 2017; Goddard was responsible for overseeing the boat and water division, dive team, patrol, 911 dispatch, court security, transport and civil process of the sheriff’s office; and as captain he oversaw the patrol functions, investigations, dispatch and volunteer-related divisions and personnel. 

In his career, Goddard has filled a number of roles, including being a field training officer, a background investigator, firearms instructor, department armorer, Force on Force instructor; served as an operator, assistant team leader and co-commander of the tactical team; and the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainer.

Goddard was able to swear in staff, and some promotions in the sheriff’s office:

Dave Fischer was named chief deputy.
Joe Meyer to captain.
Andrew Galles named lieutenant.
Adam Kronstedt was named lieutenant.
Todd Holk named sergeant.
Brad Thesing named sergeant.

Again, lifetime resident of Crow Wing County, Sheriff Goddard discussed what he had to say to those he and his staff serve.

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And in closing, we asked Sheriff Goddard what phrase the Office wants to get out to the people.

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The new mission statement of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office states: “The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing public service that is beneficial to all members of the community through leadership, experience and compassion.”