Lunde to run for sheriff
Pierce County Sheriff Matt Lunde is seeking reelection and officially notified the county last week.
Lunde, 37, has served in Pierce County for about 15 years and was first appointed sheriff in 2009 following the retirement of Robert Graber. Lunde, a deputy sheriff before that, retained the appointed position by winning the 2010 election. The Davenport native lives in Rugby and has family from Esmond.
If reelected, Lunde would like to see the sheriff’s department continue to update its technology and practices.
“We like to be more proactive from keeping intoxicated drivers off the roadway to drug interdiction,” Lunde said. “I’d like to continue to do the best job I can for people in the county.
“With everything that’s going on, I’d really like the idea of the community being involved and having the community support us and we support them.”
Lunde set up a reserve deputy program during his initial term to begin reaching out to the community. He said the program, which has eight members, is still in it’s infancy.
Members are screened before acting as special deputies with responsibilities including assistance with special events and disasters.
“They get to see a different side of law enforcement and get to know us personally,” Lunde said. “I want officers in our department to be known on a first-name basis.”
Lunde also plans to set up a youth explorer program to educate children on law enforcement.
Lunde assumed more responsibility as jail administrator following the removal of Administrator Mary Richard and Director of Security Joey Cotton after two incidents of Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center prisoners escaping in the summer.
Lunde said drug-related crime is on the rise and that will continue to be a focus for his department.
“We’re definitely trying to get a handle on that and make sure we don’t have impaired drivers on the roadways,” Lunde said.
“I believe having a good staff also makes the sheriff, too. It’s team work, it’s just not one individual.”
Lunde and his wife, Stacey, have two children: daughter Jaelyn, 6, and son Tayler, 3.
“All the people and friendships you can make up here working for the public has just been a joy,” Lunde said. “I met my wife up here and it’s a great place to raise a family.”
The election is in June. Luis Coca, former Rugby Police chief, is the only other official candidate as of Feb. 27.
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