Captain Jeremiah Petersen announced Wednesday his intention to run for Missoula County Sheriff.
Petersen currently serves under Sheriff TJ McDermott, who is retiring at the end of 2022. McDermott is in his second four-year term as sheriff.
Filing begins on Jan. 13 and Petersen will run as a Democrat, a news release said. The position pays $117,906 per year.
“I understand the level of commitment and leadership that it takes to maintain the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the northwest,” Petersen said in the release.
“TJ has done an excellent job moving the Sheriff’s Office in a positive direction and I intend to keep the momentum he has built over his last two terms moving forward in the next four years,” he added.
Petersen has been a member of the sheriff’s department for 20 years. He has worked as a patrol sergeant, captain of operations at the Missoula County Detention Facility, a member of anti-drug trafficking teams, and on the local mental health crisis intervention team.
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