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Rasmussen considers bid for Cass County commissioner

West Fargo’s top cop isn’t ready to hang up his hat from public service.

Last week, Police Chief Arland Rasmussen said he is considering a bid for Cass County commissioner after he retires as chief in mid-June.

Rasmussen will run for the seat being vacated by three-term Commissioner Darrell Vanyo, who has reached his term limit this year. Before Vanyo was elected to the five-member county commission in 2002, he was a West Fargo city commissioner from 1986 to 1999.

Vanyo represents District 4 on the commission, which includes a majority of West Fargo and south Fargo.

Rasmussen said he wasn’t ready to leave public service entirely after retirement.

“It’s been really rewarding for me,” he said. “It’s probably like quitting smoking I don’t know if I want to go cold turkey. It’s not full time, but it’s still involvement. I’m used to being involved in the community, and this will give me the opportunity.”

Rasmussen has been West Fargo police chief for 19 years, which followed a 23-year-career with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Rasmussen received the 300 signatures needed to file for election to public office in Cass County last week, and by Tuesday had filed with the Cass County Auditor’s office.

Cass County commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid an annual salary of about $21,378.

In addition to Vanyo’s seat, the seat of Vern Bennett – who has also served three terms – is up for election this year.

Prospective candidates must file by April 7 to be placed on the June 10 ballot.