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Crow Wing County: Goddard announces 2018 campaign for sheriff

Scott Goddard

Captain Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department announced he will run for sheriff in the November 2018 election.

Current Sheriff Todd Dahl as well as Chief Deputy Denny Lasher both announced plans to retire at the end of Dahl's term in 2018.

Goddard, 47, is a lifelong resident of Crow Wing County, growing up in the Pequot Lakes/Jenkins Township area. He graduated from Pequot Lakes High School and Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College) and lives in Ideal Township.

Goddard has worked for the sheriff's office for more than 18 years and is approaching his 23rd year of law enforcement. He has worked as a police officer with the Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes police departments, and as a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and captain with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

Goddard said in a news release that he is honored with the opportunity to run for sheriff and has the service, leadership, experience and compassion to fulfill the role as the next Crow Wing County sheriff.

Goddard highlighted the numerous roles he has held while working with the sheriff's office. These include patrol, field training officer, background investigator, background investigations supervisor, firearms instructor, departmental armorer, Force on Force instructor, tactical team operator, tactical team assistant team leader and tactical team co-commander.

Goddard's past supervisor roles include the boat and water division, dive team, patrol, dispatch, court security, transport and civil process. He currently oversees all patrol functions, investigations and dispatch-related divisions and personnel.

Goddard said he has focused his continued education on the needs of his community as well as those of the sheriff's office.

"My goal has always been to focus on areas where we could make improvements, and I am very proud of what we have achieved," he said in the news release.

Goddard added that he is looking forward to the upcoming campaign.

"I have been contacted by countless members from our communities asking if I would run for sheriff. I always said I would never run against Sheriff Dahl. Sheriff Dahl and I have had numerous conversations about where our office is now, and with his recent retirement announcement, I am honored with his encouragement for me to run for sheriff," Goddard said in the release. "I am very proud of how our office is performing. (With) our collaboration with other offices within the county, the county board, the law enforcement agencies, our cities and our townships, we are listening and constantly pushing our mark higher to serve."

Looking to the future, Goddard said embracing technology for the newer generations, while still focusing on the aging population, is the challenge that he is up to.

"We need to empower all of our residents to feel safe, have a voice and offer excellent service to all," Goddard said.

Family is important to Goddard, and he is proud that his parents, two sisters and their families all live within 10 minutes of his home.

"We are all here, always have been and always will," he said.

Goddard's wife, Carla, grew up in the Baxter area, is a Brainerd High School graduate and teaches first grade in the Pine River-Backus School District. They have two children - Jordan, 16, and Paxton, 11 - who attend Pequot Lakes Middle and High School.

Goddard's volunteer activities include Pelican Lakes 4-H, Crow Wing County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife, coach of the fall Pequot Lakes High School trap team and assistant coach of the spring Pequot Lakes High School trap team. Goddard also serves as a board member with the Lakeshore Conservation Club and is a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes.

The slogan for his campaign is 4 YOU - WITH YOU, the four points being service, leadership, experience and compassion. His campaign website is More information can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Dahl, 52, a Brainerd High school graduate, began his career with the sheriff's office in the Water Patrol Division while in college, serving an internship there, and was hired full time in May 1986. He was elected as the Crow Wing County sheriff in November 2006 and has served as such ever since.

Lasher, 53, a Crosby-Ironton High School graduate, began as patrol deputy for Crow Wing County in July 1992. Dahl named Lasher as his chief deputy in April 2013, after former chief deputy Debi Backdahl retired.