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Goddard elected Crow Wing County Sheriff

Scott Goddard

Scott Goddard, current captain of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, has been elected the department's newest sheriff.

With all precincts reporting, the Ideal Township resident tallied 16,477 votes, good enough for 54.17 percent of the total vote. He beat out opponent and sheriff's deputy Pat Pickar, who received 13,818 votes (45.43 percent). There were 121 write-in votes submitted.

"It has been a long road, but it has been an awesome journey and we have had a lot of fun," Goddard said. "I would like to thank the public and everyone who came out and voted. I'm proud to be the next sheriff of Crow Wing County and humbled by the voice of the people coming out ... It was a very competitive race. We did our due diligence of getting out, talking to people, making events and really doing the groundwork from day one."

Goddard's support came primarily from northern precincts within the county - the areas surrounding Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake - while Pickar claimed more votes in the southern and eastern precincts.

"It wasn't the outcome we wanted, but we had a great time throughout the campaign," Pickar said. "I am very proud of the team and the effort they put forward and the positivity we had throughout the campaign.

"I wish Scott Goddard the best of luck. We work for a great agency and a great community, and I will continue to do that whether I am sheriff or a deputy."

During primary voting in August, Pickar edged out Goddard by 40 votes, but a third candidate - Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang - managed a sizeable number of votes as well. Klang ended his campaign after the primary loss.

Goddard will succeed Sheriff Todd Dahl, who is nearing completion of his third term as sheriff. Prior to Election Day, Goddard received the endorsement of the current sheriff.

"I am proud of the work we have done (at the sheriff's department)," Goddard said. "I want to continue that tradition. We have a very strong office with great personnel. Serving the public has always been priority one and always will be priority one ... I'm humbled. I'm going to take a breath and then we will move forward with our platform."

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.