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Published January 04, 2011, 09:04 PM

Bob Rost Sworn In As Grand Forks County Sheriff

Bob Rost was sworn in as Grand Forks County Sheriff Tuesday, after more than 40 years in law enforcement. Bob Rost says he has a few changes he'd like to make in the department and says he can't believe the day of his swearing in is here.

Bob Rost was sworn in as Grand Forks County Sheriff Tuesday, after more than 40 years in law enforcement.

Bob Rost says he has a few changes he'd like to make in the department and says he can't believe the day of his swearing in is here.

Tuesday was an exciting day on the 6th floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building as the swearing in ceremony began.

"To me, it's what I've been working for my entire career. I've got 40 years in law enforcement right now. I started when I was 21 years old and I'm 61 now," Sheriff Bob Rost said.

With the new title of Sheriff comes some new priorities.

"I do have some expectations of the guys at the department too. To go out in the community and work with the people more. You know, get out of the cars and walk into the businesses and more interaction," Rost said.

Rost will replace Dan Hill who served as Sheriff for 20 years. Hill says he has a lot of faith in his replacement.

"I looked at what his plans are and what he's going to do with the department and I think it's really going to be a great change. I think it's going to improve the communications considerably," Hill said.

Some of those plans include trying to provide daytime patrols around the county, working with youth and going to city council meetings.

"I'm going to be probably one of the most visible sheriff's Grand Forks county has ever seen," Rost said.

Rost will serve a four-year term as Sheriff and says he won't forget what's important.

"I just like being out amongst the people and trying to make a difference. I've tried to do that my entire career," Rost said.

One of Rost's first changes is to eliminate the "Chief Deputy" position he held for years, and instead use two lieutenants to help him run the office.

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