(Fargo, ND) -- Cass County Sheriff Jahner will not extend deputy appointment to political challenger Matthew King
Current Deputy Mathew King will not receive a deputy appointment with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office when Sheriff Jesse Jahner begins his second term in January 2023.
In North Dakota, elected sheriffs hold the responsibility of appointing deputies to serve under the sheriff's authority. The sheriff's office released a statement indicating Jahner does not believe King supports the current administration’s mission, vision, and values, and that Jahner places "high expectations upon every deputy, every day they serve and protect the citizens of Cass County".
King ran for Sheriff against the incumbent Jahner on November 8th. Jahner captured 86% percent of the vote.
“The Cass County Sheriff’s Office strives to meet its mission, vision, and values, in order to provide a high level of public safety to the citizens we serve," said Jahner in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "As an organization we expect all employees to follow these principles and work within our policy, as well as procedures, to promote professionalism, integrity, and trust. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is fortunate to have some of the best men and women serving in all capacities of law enforcement in this region. We will continue moving forward as an organization, serving the citizens of Cass County professionally, all the while providing a high level of public safety.”
Jahner says King’s last day will be December 31st, 2022.
WDAY News First is attempting to contact Mathew King to request comment.