He’s currently the patrol supervisor at sheriff’s office
Randy Sondrol has announced his candidacy for Polk County Sheriff in the Nov. 6, 2018 election. He becomes the second candidate to emerge in the wake of Sheriff Barb Erdman’s announcement that she won’t be seeking a third term. Jim Tadman previously announced his candidacy for sheriff.
In a release announcing his intention to run for sheriff, Sondrol says his law enforcement career started with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. In 1994, he was given the opportunity to work for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Doug Qualley. While working at the PCSO, Sondrol says he has held the positions of Investigator as well as Drug Task Force Investigator, Boat and Water Coordinator and Special Response (SWAT) Team Leader. He is currently assigned as a Patrol Supervisor, a member of the Grand Forks Regional SWAT Team, Police Training officer, Firearms Instructor, Department Radio Programmer, Project Lifesaver Coordinator, Program 1033 Screener, the Polk County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Liaison and founding member.
As new sheriff programs are developed, and technology advances are implemented, Sondrol said, if elected, he’d balance the Sheriff's Office needs, while being fiscally responsible and transparent to best serve the citizens of Polk County.
Community safety is his main focus. “From providing a strong Patrol Unit and Drug Task Force presence to expanding our interaction with the community and youth, I believe this to be the foundation of the Sheriff’s Office,” Sondrol notes in his announcement. “We will continue and build the relationships with our partners in emergency services, as well as collaborating with our supporting agencies to best serve our community.”
Sondrol’s family is from central Polk County. He grew up in the Climax/Buxton area and was raised on the family farm where his brothers continue the farming tradition. For the past 18 years, Sondrol and his wife, Lisa, have raised twin daughters, Hanna and Jenna, who are attending college in Fargo/Moorhead. His family currently resides on a hobby farm in rural Erskine.
Sondrol has been a Badger Township Supervisor for the past 10 years, enjoying the grassroots aspect of government. He is also a member as a Fosston-Lengby Lions Club, Board Director with the Rydell and Glacial Ridge Friends Association, receiving volunteer of year award in 2017, and a member of the Fraternal order of Police Lodge #8. He previously served with 4-H and as a Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety Instructor.
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