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ON THE COVER | SHERIFF PAUL LANEY

"I love people and I thought, there's no better job for me than to work directly for the people.” – Paul Laney

The “lead, follow, get-out-of-the-way” Marine philosophy was one he’d take with him. "My mom said, 'I sent away a boy and a young man came home.’ I felt that way, too,” he said. “I came home confident, believing I could attain whatever I wanted to if I worked hard enough.” Leaving the military wasn’t an easy choice to make. Laney thrived on the discipline, fitness and camaraderie that all came with being a Marine. In fact, he contemplated making a career of it, but in his heart, his other childhood dream was calling. "I tested with the (Los

Angeles Police Department). I went through my interviews and was on their hiring list when I decided, ‘No, I want to do this same thing... but I want to do it for my community," he said. CLIMBING THE RANKS Returning to the Red River Valley in 1989, Laney was hired by the Fargo Police Department and quickly climbed the ranks from patrol officer to field training officer (FTO), gang/narcotics unit and tactical team member. Promoted to sergeant in 1997, he supervised the patrol shift, FTO program and eventually became a leader of the Red River Valley SWAT Team. In 2002, he was named lieutenant and served as both district and SWAT commander. "I had reached a point in 2006 where I had just finished my master’s degree (in management),” he recalled. “I was at the stage in my career where I loved where I was at and what I did but I wanted to spread my wings in my own agency.” When the Cass County sheriff position opened up, something clicked. "I love people and I thought, there's no better job for me than to work directly for the people," he said. "The fact that I had the ability to supervise, lead and command every aspect of law enforcement prepared me to take the helm of the largest sheriff's office in the state of North Dakota.” Elected to a four-year term, Laney was sworn in as Cass County sheriff on January 2, 2007, and easily won re-election for a second and third term in the years following. A LEGACY TO LIVE BY Looking back on 12 years as sheriff, a flood of memories rushed through Laney’s mind.

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