Scott Rose speaks to a large group gathered at Daniel's Restaurant in Kasson on Monday night. Rose will run for Dodge County Sheriff. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Daniel's restaurant was filled to capacity Monday night, with family and two-hundred friends, supporters and colleagues all there to hear and support as Dodge County Investigator Scott Rose officially announced his candidacy to run for Dodge County Sheriff. The kick off campaign announcement was not done in typical sheriff candidate fashion but, as Scott pointed out, he's not your "typical" sheriff candidate either. The consensus, throughout the crowd however was the same, the Dodge County Sheriff's Department needs a new leader and Scott is the right man for the job.
Local businessman Roger Berge introduced Scott during the announcement by saying Scott has respect that has been earned not demanded. He also pointed out Scott has over ten years working in business before he made a career switch to become a law enforcement officer. Scott still owns a small business in Dodge County doing voiceover work. "He's a great man, cop, father and will be a great sheriff for Dodge County."
Former Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson also introduced Scott as well. "When he called and asked me for his endorsement I asked, well what took you so long?" Thompson nominated Scott for Minnesota Deputy of the year in 2004 because of all that he had accomplished in the department since he started as a patrol deputy in 2001. "Scott developed the Crime Prevention Program in Dodge County in 2001, in 2002 he built the Dodge County Sheriff's Department website and 2003 he developed the Disorderly Use Violation program in Dodge County." He equated Scott to being the Energizer Bunny. "He just keeps going and going. In 2011 he was promoted to investigator, so I am proud to introduce you to the next Dodge County Sheriff, Scott Rose."
Thompson also pointed out Scott has been an active member of the law enforcement community in Dodge County since 1996, starting with the sheriff's posse and the Kasson Police Department.
In his speech announcing his candidacy, Scott thanked his wife Rosie for being by his side and supporting him through a career change that brought him into law enforcement.
"When Rosie and I met in 1989 I was fresh out of broadcasting school working as a DJ and production director for a radio station in Nebraska," he explained. "Little did we know back then, that I would be standing be standing up here today."
Scott told the audience when he and Rosie married they wanted to raise their kids in community that was safe, that prided itself in quality schools and a community that promoted and encouraged faith and family, as well as education. "That brought us back here to Dodge County."
Throughout his speech, Scott reiterated how much his family, his three sons and his wife Rosie mean to him and how much they have sacrificed for his career. The four stars on his campaign poster represent his family, to remind him to stay true to his values and to not do anything that would bring them dishonor or embarrassment. He spoke about the pride he has in each of his sons. The eldest, Eddie, drove sixteen hours with his wife Chelsea and newborn grandson Tristan to surprise him and show their support. His middle son Alex is a college student focusing on pastoral studies and theology, and his youngest, Cooper, is enrolled in a post secondary program at RCTC and will graduate in 2015 with both a college and high school degree.
Scott is the third out of four generations of law enforcement officer's in his family, his grandfather served in South Dakota. His dad, the late Robert Rose served with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office for over thirty years, and his oldest son, Eddie Rose, is an officer with the Colorado State Patrol.
He admitted that he didn't plan on running for sheriff; he always thought the late Captain Loring Guenther would be the next Dodge County Sheriff. "Before Loring died, I would get into a situation at work and think, "What would Dad do?" Now, I think about what Dad and Loring would do! I know there are many others in the department that feel the same way about Loring. His positive influence on our department continues to this day. We need to do things right by him this year."
"I believe that the sheriff's department is in need of new, positive leadership as we move the office into a new era of technology - an era where crimes, and the prosecution of them are getting more and more complex," Scott said. "It's about working together, about teamwork, it's about keeping up with technology and training and about finding better, more effective ways to help people. That's really what this job is all about, helping people - often times during the most traumatic events of their lives."
Scott accredited the sheriff's department with having skilled professionals in each role of the department, from records, dispatch, patrol, administration and investigation. "They have tremendous amount of collective years of knowledge training and experience. It's very important to utilize a staff rich with experience like ours to help with the day to day workings of the sheriff's office and with many of the decision making processes."
Scott also said he believes it's very important to have a sheriff who is "plugged in" to the communities that the sheriff's office serves and that also means building relationships with the area agencies they serve with, like the ambulance and fire departments. "On that same note we need a sheriff who recognizes the importance of building relationships with those that we are accountable to, our commissioners, the city councils and the townships that we serve. Working together I believe we can make this an even safer community for everyone to raise their families in."
Scott admits, he's probably not what you would call your most conventional sheriff's candidate. He made that apparent to his entire audience when he pulled out an alternate campaign sign with a donut in the place of the "o" in Rose. "Anyone that knows the Rose family knows we have a good sense of humor," he said taking out the sign, designed by his brother Christian Rose. "This is to remind me not to take myself too seriously, if you want one of these, you'll have to let us know."
Scott also pointed out his appearance is different, his website is different and his work history is different, having gone into law enforcement later in life. "The hardest part of this campaign for me is, I'm not an 'I' or 'me' kind of guy. I'm a 'we' guy, a team guy."
He noted the theme of the night wasn't just about him announcing his candidacy it was about the men and women that he works with every day and about his family whom he thanked for making sacrifices for his career.
"I strongly believe that we already have a great resource of leaders within our department, our captain, our sergeants, our training deputies, our supervisors, we have a great resource of experienced people who simply need better direction and positive encouragement. They need a sheriff who, on a day to day basis, is a positive leader and role model. A sheriff that leads with positive reinforcement, one that edifies his administrative team and his staff, and most importantly, one that involves that administrative team and staff in the day to day decision making necessary to ensure the Sheriff's Office runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible."
Scott hopes, if he is elected, to steer the department in a positive direction. "I see a future of Dodge County Sheriff's Office full of loyal men and women, who have raised their families here and have proudly served this community for twenty five plus years like the generation of deputies my father served with who had been here forever, deputies loyal to the department and the community," he said. "A department where deputies can feel comfortable enough to be willing to openly disagree with decision and ideas if they feel strongly enough that they aren't in the best interests of the department or the citizens of Dodge County. I believes it's important for the sheriff to understand he or she will never learn and grow as a leader if they simply surround themselves with staff willing to only say 'yes' to each and every idea put forth."
"I grew up in Dodge County, I returned here to raise my family, and I've dedicated over 15 years to helping protect this community, my family, and my friends. This is my home."
As Scott wrapped up his announcement speech, the room applauded, not only for their friend but as one deputy pointed out, for a man that will bring true leadership to the department. "He could do anything he wanted to do and do it well, if he wanted to be a surgeon or a pilot he could do it, and do it well, do it with pride and do it with true integrity, the deputy said. "He's a leader not because he demands it but because he's earned it."