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Lunde appointed sheriff

By Staff | Nov 18, 2009

Matt Lunde served as deputy sheriff in Pierce County for nine years, and during his time was promoted to chief deputy under Robert Graber.

Now he will succeed Graber as sheriff.

Lunde was appointed sheriff by the Pierce County Commission last week. He will officially begin his duties in January and will hold the office for one year. The sheriff’s position will be up for election in 2010.

Lunde resigned as deputy sheriff a few years ago to move to the Fargo area. However, he still has a residence in Rugby. He and current sheriff deputy Jeff Bercier interviewed for the position recently.

Both had experience and knew the county well, but the commission selected Lunde for his ideas and approach to how the department should be operated. He has been working part-time for the Rugby Police Department.

Graber, who has been sheriff since 1999 and was in his third four-year term, decided to retire at the end of the year due to health issues and his age.

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