Otter Tail County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Stacy Paulseth has been selected to receive the Henkes-Mortensen Law Officer of the Year Award. The award, given annually by Fergus Falls Adamson Norman Post 30 of Fergus Falls, recognizes an officer who is nominated by fellow officers for superior service to the people of the area.
The award is named in honor of the late sheriffs Jack Henkes and Carlton Mortensen, who, as military veteran members of Post 30, served the Legion as post Commanders and Commanders of the American Legion’s Minnesota ninth district, serving northwest Minnesota.
Paulseth, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement, has been chief deputy since 2003. He has worked to advance skills and professionalism of the department through progressive training and equipment upgrades, to ensure that county residents are protected and served by a highly skilled and professional public safety service.
He is commander of the county multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team, responsible for meeting national training standards, resulting in the citizens of Otter Tail, Wilkin and Douglas counties being protected by a tactical team that is trained to be prepared for any critical incident and is equipped with the tools to complete any mission.
Paulseth created and coordinated the West Central Minnesota Training Consortium to train 24 area agencies to pool resources and to attend high-quality training that they would otherwise not be able to attend. Consequently, area residents are receiving a high quality response, which improves community safety.
Paulseth also oversees and coordinates the sheriff’s office patrol, detective, detention, dispatch, dive rescue, court security, civil process, posse, water patrol, dispatch, records and training divisions. Because of his training and experience in emergency management, he represents the sheriff’s department on the county emergency management team as the incident commander.
The award will be presented at the Oct. 1 meeting of the county board.