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McDermott announces re-election campaign for Missoula Co. Sheriff

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MISSOULA - Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott announced that he will be running for re-election Wednesday.

McDermott started his law enforcement career in Anaconda before moving to Missoula and joining the Missoula City Police Department.

He moved to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office in 2003 and became a detective in 2006.

In 2011, McDermott was selected by the National Association of Police Organizations as one of the nation’s “Top Cops” for his role in solving an 18-year-old homicide case.

McDermott then became Sheriff in 2014, after defeating Josh Clark and Bob Parcell by a sizeable margin.

Over his four years as Sheriff, McDermott feels like he has increased positive interactions between the department and the Missoula community. He also talked about the Missoula City-County Jail Diversion Plan for low-level, nonviolent offenders as one of the accomplishments of his first term as sheriff.

McDermott will officially file for reelection on Thursday.

The Montana primary election on June 5 will determine McDermott’s opponents, and the general election is Nov. 6.

“We’ve got a lot of great work to do in the years ahead," McDermott said. "Our jail diversion program for our county is pretty exciting. We had a plan that was adopted by the city, adopted by the county and it addresses the overcrowding issues in our jail and it identifies nonviolent non-dangerous offenders.  Specifically, folks that suffer from substance abuse, alcohol addiction issues and then those with mental health (issues), and it’s a plan that makes recommendations for our community to come up with other solutions to treat these folks outside of a jail cell setting.”

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