Clay County Sheriff To Retire
Carol McCarthy | Feb 7, 2018 AT 7:17 am
MOORHEAD, MN--Clay County Sheriff Bill Berquist is to retire after 40 years in law enforcement. He has chosen not to run for the elected post in 2018. Berquist says he wants to spend more time with family and friends. He was a police officer in Glyndon, Dilworth and Moorhead where he was a DARE officer for 12 years. He also served as a member of the Clay County Police Reserves and has been a member of the volunteer Dilworth Fire Department for many years. He was elected sheriff in Clay County in 2002. Berquist says what he'll miss most is interacting with people. "As sheriff people want to see you. Lot of these groups have 'Coffee with a Cop,' and that's what they like. They want to see the sheriff and they want to ask him questions, and that's what I like." He received his law enforcement training at Alexandria Technical College and Minnesota State University Moorhead, and also received specialized training sponsored by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI. Berquist says serving as a sheriff has been "an honor and a privilege."