Pohlman announces candidacy for Jackson County commissioner

Pohlman said he brings his expertise, leadership and experience needed to work with city and county leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, employees and citizens.

Roger Pohlman
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JACKSON — Roger D. Pohlman intends to run for the District 3 seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, he has announced.

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Pohlman said he brings his expertise, leadership and experience needed to work with city and county leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, employees and citizens.

“Roger’s law enforcement and military oaths of office drive his desire to protect our individual freedoms!” a press release from the candidate states. “We need Roger’s style of selfless leadership and willingness to put the community first by listening, cooperating, and collaborating to best meet the needs of our rural community and to ensure we successfully tackle the significant issues Jackson County is facing, such as CO2 pipeline, watershed management, housing, and maintaining our rural economy and way of life.”

After graduating from Sioux Valley High School in 1981, he served in the military for 21 years. While supporting his family and building a career, he attended college on weekends and evenings, earning a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, a master’s degree in human resources administration, and a master’s degree in business administration.

Pohlman served for 16 years in the Grand Forks Police Department.


While at Grand Forks, he was appointed by Gov. Hoeven to serve on the Community Health Grant Advisory Board and also served on the North Dakota Incident Management Assistance Team. In 2012, he accepted a position as police chief for the city of Red Wing, was elected as a director for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and served on the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Advisory Committee representing greater Minnesota.

Pohlman moved back to his community in 2021 and is currently the police chief for the city of Lakefield.

In 2007, he was elected to the Grand Forks School Board, serving for five years, the last two years as board president.

Rogers served as a security force member in Arizona, Germany, Turkey, Guam, and North Dakota while on active-duty with the U.S. Air Force and is a Desert Storm/Persian Gulf War veteran. He continued his military service with the North Dakota Army National Guard in Air Defense Artillery, receiving a direct commission to 2nd Lieutenant in 2002, deploying as a platoon leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from military service in 2006.

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