Steve Hallstrom caught up with Deputy David Swenson and Sheriff Jesse Jahner for Decembers Salute to law Enforcement and learns about the impact that Deputy Swensons quilting has had on the Jail Chaplin's program and the lives it touches.
**Deputy Swensons Bio**
David Swenson was born and raised in North Dakota graduating from Grand Forks Central High. After graduation, Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served for the next 21 years. During his military service, David followed a military police career track. This provided him a variety of opportunities to grow and showcase his leadership and incredible dedication.
Two traits which have continued to serve himself and all who have the chance to interact with him whether in a professional setting or casually. As one would expect after serving for such a long time David held many positions, and had the opportunity to travel all over world. A few of the positions he held include army recruiter, physical security inspector, traffic accident investigator, military police investigator, battalion S-2/IT, and he was a squad leader for the road patrol on post. His time in the army took him from New York to California, Alaska to Texas, and even outside of the country. He has also served in Germany, Guatemala, the Republic of Kosovo, and other surrounding areas of the Balkans.
After retiring from the military, David returned to his home state with his family. As it turns out, the laid-back and relaxing retirement lifestyle did not suit Dave very well, and he found himself spending the next five years at Prairie St. John’s as a part of their security staff. The drive to serve his community further led him to apply for a position with Cass County’s Sheriff’s Office in 2007. When he accepted his role at the Cass County Jail the population was typically around 150 inmates, and over the years the jail has expanded to over double these numbers.