Two new staff members have joined the Becker County Sheriff’s office this summer: Deputy Brennan Kurtti and Office Manager Jamie Bischoff.
Deputy Brennan Kurtti
Kurtti, 24, was born in the Pine Point area, grew up in Green Valley Township in eastern Becker County, and graduated from Park Rapids High School.
He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, with a four-year degree in the sociology of law, criminology and deviance -- the university’s version of a criminal justice degree, he said.
He completed his law enforcement skills component at Hennepin Technical College.
Kurtti spent a little over a year as an officer with the White Earth Tribal Police Department before landing the Becker County job, which he started July 14.
“Becker County is where I’ve wanted to work since I went to law enforcement school,” he said in a telephone interview. Becker County has a three-phase training program, and he’ll spend three and a half months working with three different training officers -- two phases on the night shift and the last on the day shift.
During the final two-week “shadow” phase he will essentially be operating independently, under the supervision of a training officer who shadows the new deputy on the job, but only gets involved if absolutely necessary.
“I feel lucky to have gotten this job,” Kurtti said. “I got in with the department I wanted to work for, and I hope to finish my career here.”
Office Manager Jamie Bischoff
Bischoff, 42, started as office manager at the Sheriff’s Office on June 24, replacing Cindy Sieling, who retired after 46 years.
The job requires her to be a Jack-of-all-trades, she said, checking off some of her duties: “Ordering supplies, working on grants, reimbursements, POST credits for officers, supervising staff, time sheets..,” she said.
“I applied for this position because of the type of work I did in Grand Forks -- I wanted to stay in that type of work,” she said.
Bischoff worked in several roles over 21 years at the Community Violence Intervention Center, a rape and abuse crisis center in Grand Forks, N.D.
She grew up in Pelican Rapids and graduated from high school there. Her parents, Roger and Kay Evenson, still live in rural Pelican Rapids.
“I always wanted to come back home,” she said. Her husband, Jason, and their three sons, Logan, 9, Blake, 8, and Garnet, 4, all like to be outdoors, she said. “Hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, games outside, all of that,” she said. “It’s time to come home after 24 years.”
Jason will continue working as a biomedical technician for Altru Health System, and will be able to be home every night, she said.
Bischoff says the core values of her former job and new job are the same, to create a safe community for all people to respectfully live, play and work.