Tom graduated from Northland
High School in Remer, Hibbing Community College and the
University of Minnesota.
Tom is a
lifelong resident of Cass County and currently resides in the
Remer area with his wife, Gina.
Their three adult daughters are
college graduates and employed in professional capacities in the
Tom is active in community, county
and statewide organizations.
Some of the community volunteer
opportunities that Tom is involved with include Congregational
Church fundraising, Northland School Booster Club fundraisers
and “Sheriff Burch’s Fish Crew,” which donates time preparing
and frying fish for a variety of fundraisers for church groups,
civic groups and schools throughout the county.
Tom enjoys the outdoors, including
hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and snowmobiling.
has 32 years of Law Enforcement experience with Cass County,
including 8 years as Sheriff, 10 as Chief Deputy, 8 years as
Patrol Sergeant and 6 years as a Deputy Sheriff.
Tom began with the Sheriff’s Office in an
internship position and was soon hired into a part-time Deputy
position, eventually becoming full-time in 1987.
In 1992, Tom was promoted to Sergeant, a
position he held until 2000.
He was then promoted to the Chief Deputy
position by Sheriff Fisher, an Administrative role in the
Sheriff’s Office that he performed for 10 years.
During this time, Tom was a founding
member of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and served as Team
He served a vital role in the combating of
methamphetamine manufacturing labs while serving in this role.
Tom holds a seat on the Northwest Training
Center Board of Directors in Bemidji and the Crisis Line
Intervention Board in Brainerd.
Tom is a member of several professional
organizations, including the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association,
Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association and Arrowhead Law
During his tenure as a Supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office, Tom has
excelled in obtaining both Federal and State grant funding for the
Office, a very important role in this time of economic downturn and
shortfalls in budgets and funding.
Burch can be credited for securing hundreds of thousands of
dollars in Grant funding.
Tom initiated the Safe and Sober grant funding program for
Cass County. The Safe &
Sober program (now Toward Zero Deaths) provides funds to Law
Enforcement agencies to conduct enhanced DUI, Aggressive Driving,
Speed and Seat Belt enforcement, along with community outreach.
Through Burch’s Administration, several large-scale projects
were completed, including the countywide 800 MHZ radio system, which
connected First Responders, Fire Departments and Law Enforcement to
a single countywide radio system.
A countywide Dispatch CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) and
Records Management System was also implemented with City Police
Departments, which provides instant access to records and
information to every officer in the County.
Burch has recognized the need for ever-changing and evolving
Law Enforcement while embracing technology and social media
platforms. He has also
utilized several platforms for sharing of vital and important
information to citizens and visitors of Cass County in a variety of
methods.Tom has excelled in obtaining funding from other Grant
initiatives, including COPS for Hiring and Equipment, School
Resource Officers, JAG, Alcohol/Tobacco Compliance and
Gender/Domestic Violence Funding.
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Maintaining a good working
relationship with the County Board of Commissioners and the
Citizens Budget Committee has been a top priority for Tom.
Utilizing his experience, Tom will continue to nurture
this very important relationship, helping to pave the way for
efficient County Government, maintained budgets and effective
has had an active role in several community-oriented
initiatives, including Cass County Triad (Seniors and Law
Enforcement working together for senior safety), Cass County
Chaplaincy, Lakes Area Dive Team, Cass County Boat & Water
Volunteers (approximately 120), Mounted Posse, Meth Coalition,
Safe Communities, Working Together Coalition and Domestic/Gender
Tom was a founding member of Wellness Court, a partnership with
the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe designed to coordinated substance
abuse intervention with Judicial oversight through enhanced
supervision and individual accountability.
Tom was also a Steering Committee Member in Wellness
Court and continues to encourage Sheriff’s office participation
in this vital program.
Tom initiated the ATV Search and Rescue volunteer group.
This initiative has proven to be a great tool for the
Sheriff’s Office through its partnership with the Woodtick
involvement was crucial as a member of the Steering Committee
with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in signing a Cooperative Law
This agreement is working well due to the communication
and cooperation with Tribal officials and the Leech Lake Tribal
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Tom has been extremely active
in technologically advancing the Sheriff’s Office through
planning and migrating to an 800 MHZ ARMER radio system, AVL
(Automated Vehicle Locator), updating the Records Management
Systems and installing computer laptops and digital video
recording equipment in patrol units.
Deputies have been outfitted
with body cameras to help ensure the safety of the officer and
public, as well as assisting with Court prosecution and
addressing of officer complaints.
Within the Recreation Division,
Tom has used Grant funding to update boats used on large County
lakes, along with updating equipment used in keeping our lakes
and trails safe.
Tom understands that the future
in Law Enforcement is technology driven and is committed to
continuing to meet the demands of public safety in an
Experienced, Efficient and Effective
Sheriff Burch has increased the
Sheriff’s Office public transparency and community outreach
efforts through many initiatives.
A monthly article entitled
“Sheriff’s Corner” is published in County newspapers, on our
website and Facebook.
This article details issues
that affect our residents.
The Sheriff’s Office webpage
was revamped and now provides updated information about the
Office, forms and permits that are printable and lists contact
information for Sheriff’s Office staff.
Our Facebook page and Nixle
site have been excellent tools in informing users about
activities within the Sheriff’s Office and issuing safety alerts
through the county.
We recognize social media as an
effective tool in communicating public safety messages to those
that sign up for these free services.
As the needs and demands of Law
Enforcement change and evolve to require additional training and
unique problem solving, Burch has proven that he can handle
Experienced Efficient Effective
Public Safety For Cass County