PCSO’s chief deputy since 2013, if elected he’d like to bring back the K-9 unit

    With two-term Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman announcing that she will not seek a third term in the November 2018 Election, Polk County Chief Deputy James Tadman, has announced his candidacy for sheriff.

    Tadman has been with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years. He graduated from Hibbing Technical College with a degree in criminal justice in 1988. Tadman has completed numerous management and specialized law enforcement courses throughout his career. Promoted to chief deputy in 2013 by Erdman, Tadman currently oversees all aspects of the PCSO and day-to-day operations. 

    Throughout his career, Tadman has performed many duties including patrol deputy, criminal investigator, drug task force investigator, K-9 officer, training instructor, supervision, boat and water and snowmobile patrol, and currently administration. Other specific responsibilities include development and maintenance of department policies, training supervision, departmental program development, and budget oversight. Tadman is currently involved in the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Board Advisory Committee, the Polk, Norman, Mahnomen Community Health Improvement Planning Group, and the Polk County Wellness Coalition.

    If elected, Tadman’s campaign announcement indicates, his goals as sheriff would be to continue providing effective and professional law enforcement while maximizing patrol and investigative coverage. In addition, he plans to maintain existing programs and increase collaboration with citizens in crime prevention. Tadman plans to work with schools to expand current youth education programming. Tadman was the first canine officer at the PCSO and would like to re-establish the canine program for drug enforcement and other public safety needs.

    Tadman has lived in Polk County for 30 years.  He and his wife, Stacy, have three children, Austin, 21, Sydney, 18, and Kianna, 12. Tadman’s community involvement includes 22 years as a member of the Erskine Fire Department and 14 years as a member of the Win-E-Mac School Board. He’s a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Winger Lions Club, Salvation Army, and Crookston TRIAD.

    Learn more at TadmanforSheriff.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Tadman can be reached at 280-2409 or TadmanforSheriff@gmail.com.