Election 2022: Scott, a peace officer, rancher, family man, looks to cut wasteful spending as sheriff

The race for Wadena County Sheriff includes incumbent Mike Carr Jr., and Milo Scott.

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Milo Scott (2022)
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WADENA — A Wadena police officer for the last 17 years, Milo Scott says he has so much more to give as he seeks to be the next Wadena County Sheriff .
Scott answered the following questions from the Wadena Pioneer Journal to help our readers get to know him and other candidates better. Responses were included in there entirety.

What are the most pressing issues facing Wadena County's public safety?
One of the most pressing issues that faces Wadena County public safety is mental health illnesses. Ever since state run hospitals have been shut down, Law Enforcement calls for service have increased involving people in mental health crises. Individuals in crisis are committing crimes and being brought to jail because local emergency room beds that are set aside for mental health patients are full due to a lack of facilities. Individuals will sit in jail until they see a judge and then they are released back into the community with a high potential to reoffend. Individuals with mental health illness need to be made aware of programs that are available to them to close that revolving door. This would include continuing to increase communications with Human Services as partners in this issue.

Why are you running for office and what are your goals?
I am running for office because as a taxpayer I believe there needs to be a change. Wadena County is the third highest taxed county in the state and many of the citizens are on a fixed income and can not afford more increases in taxes. If I am elected Sheriff of Wadena County I will reign in wasteful spending and use the tax dollars that are allocated to the sheriff's office to give the public more protection and coverage with the allocated funds.

Two officers have emerged for the Wadena County Sheriff seat.

What makes you the best candidate?
Everyone knows I am a Peace Officer. I love what I do and take pride in it, but I am more than that. I am a God fearing man. I am a family man. I am a husband, I am a dad and a grandpa. I am a protector and I am willing to protect your family just as I do my own. I am a rancher, I raise cattle and grow my own food. I understand the struggles and obstacles that we all encounter, but I do it because I want the best for my family just as you do. I want to teach my family to be self-sufficient. I want them to appreciate the gifts of the land and not take things for granted. I encourage small businesses because I understand the need to support our neighbors and friends. After all, we are all in this together. It's not always about who can do more or what big change you are going to make. Sometimes it's about the smaller things that lead to the bigger change. It's supporting one another, lending a hand, protecting and standing up for each other. We can not make ANY change without supporting each other. I want to make our community stronger, more profitable and sustainable. A community that is there for our neighbor and willing to pull together and support one another. When we see our neighbor struggle, we will struggle as a community. We need to speak up, stand up and lift up each other so we become stronger together.

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Can you please tell us more about yourself?
I was born and raised in Alexandria, Minn. In the early 90s I joined the National Guard. I worked several jobs around the Alexandria Area until I was inspired to follow my childhood dream in becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. I enrolled in Alexandria Technical College at 29 years of age. After 9-11, I re-enlisted in the National Guard and went on to graduate with honors. A short time later I started part-time with the Wadena County Sheriff's Office and then was offered a full time job with the Wadena Police Department in 2004 where I continue to serve. I am married and we share five children and 3 grandchildren. I live between Wadena and Sebeka on a small cattle ranch. In my spare time I love backpacking and fly fishing with my wife and spending time with family and friends.

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