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Lac qui Parle County selects interim sheriff

MADISON -- A federal law officer with 25 years of experience will serve as the interim sheriff for Lac qui Parle County.Lou Sager, of Manassas, Virginia, will be sworn in as interim sheriff June 10. He will serve as interim sheriff until January ...

Lou Sager
Lou Sager

MADISON - A federal law officer with 25 years of experience will serve as the interim sheriff for Lac qui Parle County.
Lou Sager, of Manassas, Virginia, will be sworn in as interim sheriff June 10. He will serve as interim sheriff until January 2019 to complete the term of Rick Halvorson, who retired March 31. Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Monson is currently serving as interim sheriff.
With Halvorson’s decision to retire, the Lac qui Parle County Board of Commissioners advertised for an interim sheriff and appointed a subcommittee to handle the selection process. The county received 17 applications for the position, and interviewed eight finalists, according to Jake Sieg, committee member and county auditor/treasurer/coordinator.
Committee members were impressed by the quality of the applicants, according to Sieg. The finalists included licensed police officers with anywhere from a dozen to 32 years of experience. Five of the finalists are officers in Minnesota, while others are from Texas, Maryland and Virginia.
Sager is currently an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Air Marshal Service. His assignments have included serving as assistant special agent in charge of the transportation security operations center and in a supervisory role with the Federal Air Marshal and FBI Criminal Investigations Division.
He has previous experience with the U. S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and with the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait. He holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
He is a native of Brick, New Jersey.
As a licensed federal officer, Sager has received preliminary approval from Minnesota to serve in Minnesota. He intends to complete the Minnesota licensing exam to be fully licensed in the state prior to June 10.
Sager is eligible for retirement after 25 years of service with the federal government, and told the interviewing committee that he wanted an opportunity to continue in another area of law enforcement. He is interested in local law enforcement and the opportunity to have a direct impact on the people of his community.
He enjoys hunting and fishing, and was interested in Lac qui Parle County as well by its reputation for strong values, according to the committee.

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