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 area.  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.

Tom 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 Leader.  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 Enforcement Association.


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.  See the campaign page for detailed Grant details. 

 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 Law Enforcement.

 Tom 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 Violence Groups.  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 Wheelers.  Tom’s involvement was crucial as a member of the Steering Committee with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in signing a Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement.  This agreement is working well due to the communication and cooperation with Tribal officials and the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department.

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 manner.   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 these challenges.

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